Manhattan Phoenix: The Great Fire of 1835 and the Emergence of Modern New York


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 9.5 X 1.4 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel S. Levy is a senior writer for Life Books, which is part of Dotdash Meredith Premium Publishing. He has written on such topics as World War I, Anne Frank, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Civil War, Robert F. Kennedy and the Women of the Bible. Prior to that he was a senior reporter at Time magazine where he covered architecture and classical music, and a reporter at People magazine, where he wrote about social issues and crime. In 1997 Levy wrote Two-Gun Cohen, a biography of Morris Cohen, an English adventurer who became a general in the Chinese army, fought the Japanese during World War II and following the war was one of the few people who was able to travel between Communist China and Taiwan.


"One of the best books about old New York I've come across...Levy reanimates the New York that rose from the ashes with all its ambitions, corruption, riotous hatreds, contradictions and achievements." --Wall Street Journal

"A superb work of urban history that crackles with the heat and smoke of Manhattan's devastating fires and probes the genius, vision--sometimes villainy--of the men who shaped its destiny during these crucial years. Daniel Levy's infectious love for his native city infuses every line." -- Tom Sancton, author of The Bettencourt Affair and The Lost Baron

"A captivating history that shows how modern New York City emerged from an early-nineteenth-century whirlwind of fire and disease, riot and racism, construction and demolition, and general mayhem." -- Fran Leadon, author of Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles

"Nineteenth-century New York both embodied America and transcended it. Manhattan Phoenix is a vivid account of the city in the years leading through the Civil War, and Daniel Levy has seamlessly woven a history that reveals how it became a major world center while combating plagues, fires and election fraud. Manhattan Phoenix shows why New York is unique and how it became so." -- Richard Stengel, author of Information Wars and Mandela's Way

"a tale as teeming as the city itself" --The Guardian

"This is a well-researched account." -- Choice