audio book: 15 hours
*** What It Is ***
From my library's website:
Before there were 13 colonies, there was New Netherland. Founded by the Dutch, this tiny community on the edge of the wilderness supported a staggering array of peoples. Surrounded by intolerant Puritans, the colony took its cue from Amsterdam, Europe's most liberal city. Inevitably the Dutch and English clashed--and a new nation was born.*** My Thoughts ***
The original Dutch colony at Manhattan has been overlooked by English-speaking historians for many years. The Dutch influences on this small part of the world made a huge impact on the development of modern America, a fact I was unaware of until now. As they say, "the winners write the history books" and that has certainly been the case here.
About a year ago I saw this audio book at the library and checked it out for my mom to listen to. She is not a reader but loves non-fiction audio books. Since she grew up in Brooklyn, New York, I figured this would be a good one for her to try out. I was right; she raved about this book for weeks! Since then she has insisted that I check it out for myself.
I mentioned yesterday that I'm a big fan of GOOD non-fiction, and this book would fit into that category. I really enjoyed listening to it during my ride to and from work.
New Yorkers and those who live nearby will recognize many of the people in the book from modern day city street and town names. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in colonial history, influences on American society, or New York.
You can learn more at the book's website - it includes an excerpt, cast of characters, examples of Dutch influences, and much more. And you can listen to an excerpt from the audio book here.
*** Your Thoughts? ***
Have you ever read a book that opened your eyes to a new part of history previously unknown to you? Tell me about it! Are you familiar with the history of Dutch Manhattan? Does this book sound interesting to you?