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The Women Who Made New York

The Women Who Made New York


Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. You will read about men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world.

But that’s not the whole story.

The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work.

Paired with striking, contemporary illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York offers a visual sensation–one that reinvigorates not just New York City’s history but its very identity.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (dc, De, Md, Nj, Ny, Pa)

On Sale: November 15th 2016

Price: $12.99 / $16.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 256

ISBN-13: 9781580056540

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"Forgetting-and belatedly remembering-women is a historiographical tradition as old as history itself. The Women Who Made New York positions itself as an antidote to that process...With its romantic illustrations and requisite three pages dedicated to Joan Didion, it would be easy to dismiss The Women Who Made New York as mere gifting bait for anyone with a niece at Barnard College. (And to be clear, your niece probably will love this.) But for every tale that makes you pump your fist in triumph, there is one that makes you clench your jaw in anger."

New York Times Book Review
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"From artists to activists, an homage to the unheralded hands and hearts who built one of humanity's most iconic cities... Rigorously researched and elegantly written."

Brainpickings
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"A beautifully packaged volume full of heart, moxie, and wonder."—BUST Magazine
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"This book on New York City history is more than a pretty cover. It is a testament to the lives of impressive women in the Big Apple."
Chronogram
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"Paired with striking illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York offers a visual look at some of the most vibrant women in the history of one of the world's most vibrant cities."
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