A rediscovered trove of historical documents.
A new view of American beginnings. An intensely
personal power struggle between two men, which would
change history. From out of the mists of the past,
a forgotten American hero.
The Island at the Center of the World
is all of this. In a landmark work of history that is also
thrilling storytelling, Russell Shorto "deconstructs" Manhattan,
transforming it from the concrete-and-glass center of global power
to a wooded wilderness island, home to wolves and bear,
hunting ground for Indians. On this strategically located island,
a largely forgotten collection of smugglers, traders, prostitutes,
pirates, and entrepreneurs formed America's original melting pot,
and created a society that helped shape the nation that was to come.
The Island at the Center of the World gives a
startling new perspective on American beginnings.
The Island at the Center of the World is a New York Times extended list bestseller, and a featured selection of the Book of the Month Club, History Bookclub and Quality Paperback Bookclub.