SOCIAL SCIENCES

New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation

S. & S. Mar. 2021. 544p. ISBN 9781982149789. $30. HIST
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Fiction (Meet John Trow) and nonfiction (The Third Coast) author Dyja offers a detailed chronicle of events from the most recent four decades (1978–2020) of New York City history. Having graduated from Columbia University, and having since lived and worked in New York City for decades, Dyja is highly qualified to create this work on the city he considers to be the greatest in the world, with careful explanation of the city’s history of urban renewal. The author is opinionated, but his research is staggeringly thorough, and his interpretation of major events, such as the September 11 attacks, and insight into prominent governmental figures, like Mayors Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, and Mike Bloomberg; Governors Andrew Cuomo and George Pataki; and even Donald Trump, will resonate with and appeal to most who are even somewhat familiar with the city and its history, and will educate those who are not.
VERDICT This engaging book has the potential to become a classic text, thanks to the detailed work and references that have gone into its creation. Recommended for libraries in larger institutions or for others with an interest in New York or urban studies.
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