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Short biographical sketches of colorful people who lived or died in New York. A cardinal who led a double life, a serial killer, a baroness with a tomato-can bra, and a film star whose funeral caused an all-day riot. Plus Andy Warhol, Boss Tweed, J. P. Morgan and his purple nose, Al Sharpton, Ayn Rand, and Polly Adler, Queen of Tarts.
"Unputdownable." Five-star review by Dipali Sen, retired librarian.
|FDR, just after signing the declaration of war on Japan. Why he's smiling I can't .imagine.|
Tinker Toys in the foreground.
|Is there room for FDR?|
|Here is Teddy, my dreamed-of target.|
|Our worst president? I don't think so. Buchanan did no good, but little harm.|
|Franklin Pierce. Looking Napoleonic or just scratching?|
These rankings are relative and can change from year to year, Here are the top 10 as rated by 100 U.S. historians and biographers in a C-SPAN survey in July 2018:
|President Coolidge, being presented with a statue of a Boy Scout. Fifteen hundred Scouts made a annual visit to the White House to meet the president.|
Coming soon: Maybe "Who Killed Carlo Tresca?" Never heard of him? Neither had I until recently. But the cast of suspects is astonishing. Few victims could lay claim to such a roster of killers.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017 and 2018.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
For readers who like historical fiction and a fast-moving story.
"A real yarn of a story about a lovable pickpocket who gets into trouble and has a great adventure. A must read." Five-star Amazon customer review by nicole w brown.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, if you like, but no porn (I don't do porn). Women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.