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On the Waterfront

Posted By Alex Belth On September 27, 2010 @ 10:15 am In Arts and Culture,Bookish,Bronx Banter,Lost NY,NYC,NYC History | Comments Disabled


Dark Harbor [2], Nathan Ward’s riveting book about the New York Waterfronts, got a good review in the New York Times over the weekend [3]:

For a writer of history, there is always a risk in telling a story that’s been told before. In this case, the bar is especially high, because Ward presents a tale that has been told not just often but quite well, first by Johnson and then in the Oscar-winning movie.

To make his challenge even greater, Ward brings no huge trove of new information to his account, and he offers no novel grand view to reshape our thinking of this chapter in American history. But he does have a few weapons at his disposal — namely, meticulous reporting, a keen eye for detail and an elegant writing style — and he uses them to make the tale seem new again.

Check out the book and dig Ward’s blog [4].

[Photo Credit: E.O. Hoppe]

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[1] Image: http://bronxbanter.arneson.name/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/15423-0029.jpg

[2] Dark Harbor: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Harbor-York-Waterfront-Waterfrnt/dp/0374286221

[3] got a good review in the New York Times over the weekend: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/books/review/Eig-t.html?_r=1&ref=books

[4] dig Ward’s blog: http://darkharborbook.blogspot.com/

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