The Island At The Center Of The World

Author: Russell Shorto
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349140219
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When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed. Drawing on the archives of the New Netherland Project, Russell Shorto has created a gripping narrative that transforms our understanding of early America. The Dutch colony pre-dated the 'original' thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade, individual rights, and religious freedom. Their champion was a progressive, young lawyer named Adriaen van der Donck, who emerges in these pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political vision brought him into conflict with Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony. The struggle between these two strong-willed men laid the foundation for New York City and helped shape American culture. The Island at the Center of the World uncovers a lost world and offers a surprising new perspective on our own.
The Island at the Center of the World
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Russell Shorto
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-01 - Publisher: Hachette UK

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed.
The Island at the Center of the World
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Russell Shorto
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-10-20 - Publisher:

A history of the Dutch role in the establishment of Manhattan discusses the rivalry between England and the Dutch Republic, focusing on the power struggle between Holland governor Peter Stuyvesant and politician Adriaen van der Donck that shaped New York's culture and social freedoms. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Dutch New York
Language: en
Pages: 454
Authors: Hudson River Museum
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Fordham University Press

"Published in conjunction with the exhibition Dutch New York: the roots of Hudson Valley culture, organized by the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, June 13, 2009 through January 10, 2010"--T.p. verso.
Saints and Madmen
Language: en
Pages: 254
Authors: Russell Shorto
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-04 - Publisher: Open Road Media

From the New York Times–bestselling author: “Each chapter . . . offers a window on a different intersection of psychiatry and spirituality” (New Age). In Saints and Madmen, bestselling author Russell Shorto explains how modern science is beginning to reconcile centuries of religious experiences with current psychiatric theories. Psychotic patients
Gospel Truth
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Russell Shorto
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-04 - Publisher: Open Road Media

Russell Shorto meticulously investigates Christian history and the Bible’s New Testament to reveal the true, historical Jesus Christ. For roughly two thousand years, the world has known only the biblical depiction of Jesus: the virgin birth, miraculous life, and resurrection. Recently, scholars have pursued the historical Jesus Christ by poring