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Four Streets and a Square: A History of Manhattan and the New York Idea

By Marc Aronson

From a Sibert Medalist comes the epic story of Manhattan—a magical, maddening island “for all” and a microcosm of America.

A veteran nonfiction storyteller dives deep into the four-hundred-year history of Manhattan to map the island’s unexpected intersections. Focusing on the evolution of four streets and a square (Wall Street, 42nd Street, West 4th Street, 125th Street, and Union Square) Marc Aronson explores how new ideas and forms of art evolved from social blending. Centuries of conflict—among original Americans and Europeans, slavers and the enslaved, rich and poor, immigrants and native-born—produced segregation, oppression, and violence, but also new ways of speaking, singing, and being American. From the Harlem Renaissance to Hammerstein, from gay pride in the Village to political clashes at Tammany Hall, this clear-eyed pageant of the island’s joys and struggles—enhanced with photos and drawings, multimedia links to music and film, and an extensive bibliography and source notes—is, above all, a love song to Manhattan’s triumphs.

  • This history of Manhattan is a pinnacle of Marc Aronson's personal and professional career. As a native New Yorker and someone whose roots in the city go deep, he poured his heart and soul into this book
  • Exhaustively researched, A Place for Us exposes and explains the makings of one of the greatest cities in the world
  • Marc Aronson has created a website with multimedia links that are flagged throughout the book for a deeper, richer experience for the reader. The links go to art, music, theater, speeches, and archival materials that support the material that is in the narrative

About the author

Marc Aronson is an award-winning author and editor whose books include 1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change and1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change, both coedited by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; War Is. . .: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War, coedited by Patty Campbell; and Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies. He is part of the graduate faculty at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Born in Manhattan, he now lives in New Jersey.

ISBN: 9780763651374
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: February 2, 2022
Dimensions: 178 x 228mm, 440pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $44.99
New Zealand RRP: $46.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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