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Revolting New York.

Revolting New York

Nik Heynen, et al.

University of Georgia Press

Main Library, Third Floor, 320 South Jackson Street, Athens, Georgia 30602

9780820352817, $94.95, HC, 368pp,

Synopsis: The Occupy Wall Street protest movement is part of a long history of riot, revolt, uprising, and sometimes even revolution that has shaped New York City. From the earliest European colonization to the present, New Yorkers have been revolting against authority. Hard hitting, revealing, and insightful, "Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City" tells the story of New York's evolution through revolution, a story of near-continuous popular (and sometimes not-so-popular) uprising.

Richly illustrated with more than ninety historical and contemporary images, historical maps, and maps drawn especially for the book, "Revolting New York" provides the first comprehensive account of the historical geography of revolt in New York, from the earliest uprisings of the Munsee against the Dutch occupation of Manhattan in the seventeenth century to the Black Lives Matter movement and the unrest of the Trump era. Through this rich narrative, "Revolting New York" definitively reveals a continuous, if varied and punctuated, history of rebellion in New York that is as vital as the more standard histories of formal politics, planning, economic growth, and restructuring that largely define our consciousness of New York's story.

Critique: A work of seminal scholarship that has been enhanced for academia and the non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, "Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City" also features twenty-six pages of Notes, a four page listing of all the contributors and their credentials, and a nine page Index. While an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library American History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Revolting New York" is also available in a paperback edition (978-0820352824, $29.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $25.79).

Able Greenspan


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Title Annotation:Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City
Author:Greenspan, Able
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2018
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