New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham (Hardcover)
Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham
Basic Books (AZ), 9780465036424, 404pp.
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Stretching from the colonial era to 9/11 and beyond, New York at War is that most rare of books: a work of history that is at once local and international, timely and timeless. Bringing a unique lens to bear on the world's most celebrated and contested city, Jaffe reveals the unimaginable ways the city has changed--and how it has stubbornly endured--under threats both external and internal.
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Praise For New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham…
Kenneth T. Jackson, editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City
From the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776 to the Battle of the Atlantic in 1943, the great Hudson River metropolis and its huge harbor have been central to the American military experience. New York at War is a page-turner, and it tells an important and fascinating story with authority and distinction.”
While most Americans probably see New York as America’s capital of finance and fashion, Steven Jaffe shows how the city has also been the nation’s epicenter during times of war. While New York may have profited from America’s many wars, it also proved the nation’s most vulnerable city, subject to attack both from without and from within. With an impressive span greater than that of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York at War reminds readers of Gotham’s centrality in America’s wartime experience from colonial times to 9/11. A great idea for a book, masterfully done.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Well-researched, with a flair for the dramatic, and full of unexpected tidbits. Military buffs and New Yorkers will especially love it.” Publishers Weekly
[A] well-presented, fast-paced narrative of the ways a polyglot, protean community has reacted, and continues to react, to the periodic challenge of ensuing domestic security while maintaining commitments to openness and inclusion.”
Library Journal, starred reviewEncyclopedic in scope, diligently researched, and well written, this magisterial book synthesizes the history of our greatest city in a way not fully done before. It will have strong appeal to general readers, New York history buffs, and specialists with an interest in American military history. Highly recommended.”
New York Times
In New York at War historian Steven H. Jaffe skillfully reminds readers that the city had been a tempting target before, that it suffered casualties in earlier conflicts and that other generations of officials worried about immigrants with dual loyalties and about balancing New Yorkers’ security and their civil liberties.
Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review
[A] fascinating glimpse into an aspect of New York history that is often ignored or underplayed. Jaffe offers exacting detailsgiving valuable context to the spectacle and bombast of more commonplace historical reporting. New York at War sheds new light on a city we all know well.”
Very informative. New York at War will likely become the definitive work on this critical subject. It is a well-written, well-researched work, offering a compelling portrait of a defining aspect of the city’s history. It draws on both scholarly and first-person accounts and, amidst a revealing, straight-forward narrative, introduces many almost forgotten New Yorkers. Readers will learn just how significant a role war has played in the life of Gotham.”
[A] fascinating new study. Jaffe’s account is eminently readable and lively, filled with colorful stories (all precisely documented)some well known, and others refreshingly novel. This is a must read as no one has previously written a comprehensive study on this subject. Essential.”
Michigan War Studies Review
Steven Jaffe’s New York at War is a boon to anyone concerned with war in the context of urban areas or urban areas in the context of politics and war. It captures the diversity of the wars New York has weathered New York at War is an excellent addition to the literature of military history.”