Books of New York's Dutch Era


pic  The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto

 In its title, Russell Shorto's history might capture how modern-day New Yorkers view their city, but he's giving us an enlightening romp through our Dutch past.

pic  City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling

Beverly Swerling's 2001 novel follows generations of a New York medical family from Dutch days through the arrival of George Washington after the Revolutionary War.

pic  New Netherland: A Dutch Colony in Seventeenth-Century America by Jaap Jacob

Dutch scholar Jaap Jacobs's mammoth treatise for serious historians and very interested lay people.

pic  The Embarrassment of Riches by Simon Schama

Simon Schama's lively interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age of the 17th Century, delightfully brought to life with illustrations of hundreds of Dutch paintings.

pic  Plain Lives in a Golden Age by A. Th. van Deursen

A. Th. van Deursen is not as exhaustive as Schama but he presents a lively picture of how ordinary people lived during the Netherlands' Golden Age.

pic  New Netherland in a Nutshell by Firth Fabend

A concise illustrated history of the Dutch Colony pu out by the New Netherland Institute

pic  The Edge of New Netherland by Len Tantillo

Artist Len Tantillo's illustrated study of the Dutch and the Swedes vied for control of the Delaware River during the days of New Netherland, also by the New Netherland Institute.

pic  The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan by Bill Greer

I can't resist a plug for my own book, a story of New Amsterdam by the sharpest observer of Manhattan society since Dutchmen bought the island, Mevrouw Jackie Lambert.



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The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan
A Novel of New Amsterdam by Bill Greer


A "romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages ... Readers are guaranteed a genuine adventure that will evoke the full range of human emotions. Once begun, they can expect to experience that rare difficulty in putting down a book before they have finished."

           -- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York

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Sex, Suffrage & Scandal in Gilded Age New York

A nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution and beset with all the excitement and challenges a moment of transformation brings.

Forthcoming from Chicago Review Press