Kevin Baker, the lead historical researcher for Harold Evans' The American Century, delivers a sweeping fictional chronicle of turn-of-the-century New York City and the American experiment of cultural assimilation. From the crowded decks of the steamships carrying European immigrants to America to the dazzling lights of Coney Island, Dreamland follows the exploits of a young stowaway who lands on the squalid streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side, is redeemed by love, and becomes involved in the battle between the nascent labor unions and corrupt Tammany Hall. Meticulously researched and breathtakingly lyrical, Dreamland captures perfectly the emotional and psychological essence of the American experience at the dawn of the modern age.
This big 657-page paperback is in very good condition with no creases. Light cover rubbing and a corner ding, and a small tear on the front cover..