“A vibrant, detailed chronicle of the 20 years that made New York City the place we know today.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“The 1,196-page telling is especially rich because of his determination to include all the historical actors … left out of earlier studies.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
In the first two decades of the 20th century, New York structural, economic and social development excluded exponentially. However, before then it was a swing of prosperity and downturns, which left the occupants of the area in a perpetual state of uncertainty.
In this book by Mike Wallace called Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919, readers will be taken on the journey of the skyscraper-driven boom of the Bankers’ panic of 1907, the labor upheaval and violent repression during and after which the First World War. Wallace shows New York on a completely different scale as it moved from national to global prestige. He depicts with vivid detail the restless ambition, the untamable energy, the Wall Street greed and big dreams of emigrants and how all these elements drove the growth of the urban dynamo.
The New York we know today is nothing like those early days with the explosion of economic activity. Skyscrapers are now jutting into the sky and even the bedrock shows the signs of this growth with underground subways, water pipes and electrical conduit running beneath the city to serve the surge in population. New York is now a diverse city with people from all walks of life. It is the second largest city in the world and is a financial capital with still untapped potential.
Greater Gotham extends and enhances the achievement of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 and just as its predecessor had done, it grips readers with pure page-turning appeal, taking them on a literary journey into the past of one of America’s greatest cities. Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 won Wallace the Pulitzer Prize for History and this novel is just as epic.