|Thomas J. Campanella.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||552 / 2019|
America's most storied urban underdog, Brooklyn has become an internationally recognized brand in recent decades, celebrated and scorned as one of the hippest destinations in the country. Telling the rich history of the rise, fall, and reinvention of one of the world's most resurgent cities, Thomas Campanella harks back to Brooklyn's days as homeland of the Leni Lenape people and its transformation by Dutch colonists into a slaveholding region. In time, it became a hub of racetracks and amusement parks, and later, Campanella explains in this kaleidoscopic history, this immigrant Promised Land drew millions, fell victim to its own social anxieties, yet proved resilient enough to endure as global symbol of urban vitality and diversity.
"[This book] is a sheer delight. A cornucopia of mysteries, secrets, meticulous research, and fun facts, it will prove essential reading for anyone with an appetite for New York history."—Jennifer Egan