Author(s): Gerard Koeppel
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"The best account to date of [how] an odd amalgamation of democracy and capitalism got written into New York's physical DNA."--New York Times "Intriguing...breezy and highly readable." --Wall Street Journal "[An] expert investigation into what made the city special."--Publishers Weekly "A fun, fascinating, and accessible read for those curious enough to delve into the origins of an amazing city."--New York Journal of Books
Gerard Koeppel is the author of Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire and Water for Gotham: A History. He has contributed to numerous other books, including the Encyclopedia of New York City, of which he was an associate editor. Before writing mostly about the past, he wrote, edited, and produced the present at CBS News. He was born on the grid and has lived all over it since.