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Shorto, Russell

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Works: 67 works in 240 publications in 4 languages and 14,382 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Sources  Personal narratives  Biographies  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Narrator, win, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: F128.4, 974.7102
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Publications about Russell Shorto
Publications by Russell Shorto
Most widely held works by Russell Shorto
The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan and the forgotten colony that shaped America by Russell Shorto( Book )
33 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,437 libraries worldwide
In a landmark work of history, Russell Shorto presents astonishing information on the founding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of the Dutch in making America what it is today. In the late 1960s, an archivist in the New York State Library made an astounding discovery: 12,000 pages of centuries-old correspondence, court cases, legal contracts, and reports from a forgotten society: the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan, which predated the thirteen "original" American colonies. For the past thirty years scholar Charles Gehring has been translating this trove, which was recently declared a national treasure. Now, Russell Shorto has made use of this vital material to construct a sweeping narrative of Manhattan's founding that gives a startling, fresh perspective on how America began. In an account that blends a novelist's grasp of storytelling with cutting-edge scholarship, The Island at the Center of the World strips Manhattan of its asphalt, bringing us back to a wilderness island, a hunting ground for Indians, populated by wolves and bears, that became a prize in the global power struggle between the English and the Dutch. Indeed, Russell Shorto shows that America's founding was not the work of English settlers alone but a result of the clashing of these two seventeenth century powers. In fact, it was Amsterdam, Europe's most liberal city, with an unusual policy of tolerance and a polyglot society dedicated to free trade, that became the model for the city of New Amsterdam on Manhattan. While the Puritans of New England were founding a society based on intolerance, on Manhattan the Dutch created a free-trade, upwardly-mobile melting pot that would help shape not only New York, but America. The story moves from the halls of power in London and The Hague to bloody naval encounters on the high seas. The characters in the saga-the men and women who played a part in Manhattan's founding, range from the philosopher Rene Descartes to James, the Duke of York, to prostitutes and smugglers. At the heart of the story is a bitter power struggle between two men: Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony, and a forgotten American hero named Adriaen van der Donck, a maverick, liberal-minded lawyer whose brilliant political gamesmanship, commitment to individual freedom, and exuberant love of his new country would have a lasting impact on the history of this nation
Descartes' bones : a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reason by Russell Shorto( Book )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,311 libraries worldwide
The best-selling author of The Island at the Center of the World chronicles the more than three-hundred-year debate between religion and science as revealed through the long and momentous odyssey of the skeletal remains of French philosopher René Descartes, creator of the famous phrase "I think, therefore I am."
Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city by Russell Shorto( Book )
27 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 1,255 libraries worldwide
Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on earth, is bound up in its unique geography--the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay--and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation. In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth century wine tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch--and world--history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence and its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are being questioned anew.--Book jacket
The Civil War chronicle : the only day-by-day portrait of America's tragic conflict as told by soldiers, journalists, politicians, farmers, nurses, slaves, and other eyewitnesses by J. Matthew Gallman( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 920 libraries worldwide
"In this chronicle we hear the real voices of the soldiers, nurses, farmers, laborers, slaves, and freed people who lived through America's most tragic conflict. The Civil War Chronicle is a collection of the letters, diaries, speeches, telegrams, newspaper accounts, and official battlefield reports penned by those people, both famous and anonymous, who felt compelled to record their experiences because they sensed that their lives were significant. Also included are hundreds of period images which, along with the carefully chosen yet highly eclectic accounts, help recapture the day-to-day texture of life during the Civil War at all levels of Union and Confederate society."--Jacket
Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier by Russell Shorto( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 533 libraries worldwide
A biography of the black athlete who broke the color barrier in major league baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947
Descartes' bones [a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reason] by Russell Shorto( Sound Recording )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 496 libraries worldwide
"Since 1666, [Rene] Descartes' bones have been fought over, stolen, and sold--by adherents to both religious and scientific doctrine. But why? The answer lies in Descartes' legendary expression, 'I think, therefore I am, ' which prompted the notion that knowledge can be found in facts, not church teachings. With that seemingly innocuous phrase, Descartes presented skepticism to the world--and profoundly changed the course of humankind."--Container
Geronimo and the struggle for Apache freedom by Russell Shorto( Book )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 487 libraries worldwide
Recounts the life story of the Apache chief who led one of the last great Indian uprisings
Tecumseh and the dream of an American Indian nation by Russell Shorto( Book )
3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 486 libraries worldwide
A biography of the Shawnee warrior, orator, and leader who united a confederacy of Indians in an effort to save Indian land from the advance of white soldiers and settlers
Saints and madmen : psychiatry opens its doors to religion by Russell Shorto( Book )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Chinese and held by 484 libraries worldwide
"Russell Shorto tells remarkable stories of people suffering from what once were deemed spiritual afflictions, then came to be seen as purely medical disorders, and now, thanks to this new generation of psychiatric pioneers, are being treated as both. "In the process, Shorto brings to bear issues from the cutting edge of consciousness studies. He explores the shared territory of psychosis and mysticism; the changing meaning of 'self', 'soul', 'mind', and 'brain'; the theory that psychotropic drugs have a spiritual dimension; the meaning of religious terrorism; and the possibility that addiction and depression are spiritual conditions. In weaving his case studies into a single story, Shorto delivers a concise update on the science of the mind and the newest efforts to probe the deepest meaning of human existence"--Jacket
Abraham Lincoln and the end of slavery by Russell Shorto( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 482 libraries worldwide
A brief biography of Abraham Lincoln, describing his political career, his feelings about slavery, and his role as president during the Civil War
The island at the center of the world the epic story of Dutch Manhattan & the forgotten colony that shaped America by Russell Shorto( Sound Recording )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 422 libraries worldwide
Before there were 13 colonies, there was New Netherland. Founded by the Dutch, this tiny community on the edge of the wilderness supported a staggering array of peoples. Surrounded by intolerant Puritans, the colony took its cue from Amsterdam, Europe's most liberal city. Inevitably the Dutch and English clashed--and a new nation was born
Careers for animal lovers by Russell Shorto( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 368 libraries worldwide
Includes interviews with people who hold such varied careers as animal illustrator, pet store owner, dairy farmer, and zoo biologist, telling what they do, how they got started, and the necessary preparation for each job
Thomas Jefferson and the American ideal by Russell Shorto( Book )
5 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 353 libraries worldwide
Traces the life and achievements of the Virginian who wrote the Declaration of Independence and served as the third president of the United States
David Farragut and the great naval blockade by Russell Shorto( Book )
3 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 331 libraries worldwide
A biography of the American naval officer for whom Congress created the rank of full admiral
Abraham Lincoln : to preserve the Union by Russell Shorto( Book )
4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 326 libraries worldwide
A biography of the President who led the country through the stormy years of the Civil War
Careers for people who like people : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 261 libraries worldwide
People working in a wide range of careers, including a day care worker, flight attendant, and hotel manager, describe the daily routine, benefits, and drawbacks of their jobs and the education and training they received
Careers for people who like to perform : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 245 libraries worldwide
People working in a wide range of performing careers, including a trial lawyer, comedian, dancer, and anchorwoman, describe the daily routines, benefits, and drawbacks of their jobs and the education and training they received
Careers for foreign language experts : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 239 libraries worldwide
Includes interviews with people who hold such varied careers as tour consultant, literary agent, international lawyer, and foreign language textbook editor, describing what they do, how they got started, and the necessary preparation for each job
Careers for hands-on types : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 208 libraries worldwide
People who work with their hands, including a tailor, film editor, and masseuse, describe what they do in their jobs, how they got there, and what others would need to get a similar job
 
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Alternative Names
Russell Shorto American journalist
Russell Shorto Amerikaans schrijver
Shorto, Russel
쇼토, 러셀 1959-
ショート, ラッセル
Languages
English (127)
Dutch (12)
Chinese (1)
German (1)
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