• $11.99

Publisher Description

On September 12, 1609, Henry Hudson first set foot on the land that would become Manhattan. Today, it’s difficult to imagine what he saw, but for more than a decade, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson has been working to do just that. Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing in words and images the wild island that millions now call home. By geographically matching an 18th-century map with one of the modern city, examining volumes of historic documents, and collecting and analyzing scientific data, Sanderson re-creates the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown. His lively text guides readers through this abundant landscape, while breathtaking illustrations transport them back in time. Mannahatta is a groundbreaking work that provides not only a window into the past, but also inspiration for the future.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2013
December 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
ABRAMS
SELLER
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
SIZE
41.1
MB

Customer Reviews

artlewis ,

Mannahatta

This book is a wonder. It's also a bargain.
With beautiful photos and maps, this book shows what our country (Manhattan Island is the stand-in for North America) looked like 400 years ago and then superimposes the reality of modern life on the land, air and water.
If you can look back and recall things from when you grew up 25 or 50 or 75 years ago, this book lets you do that with the land under our feet, even if it is covered by concrete and asphalt.
There is science and scholarship here, if you want it, but the most significant thing I took away was the well written story of how we have changed our land, for good and bad.
This book both makes you marvel and helps you wonder.

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