It Happened in Manhattan by Myrna Katz Frommer
An Oral History of Life in the City During the Mid-Twentieth Century

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It's just a narrow island, only 22 square miles. But it's so much bigger than that. Now, in this album of period photos and first-person reminiscences, readers can experience the mosaic of midcentury Manhattan from Altman's to Zabar's. Ranging from the post-World War II years when the city came into its own to the mid-1970s when the city nearly went bust, this book features interviews with such New York luminaries as Jimmy Breslin, Bill Gallo, Monte Irvin, Robert Merrill, Herman Badillo, Elaine Kaufman, Jerry Della Femmina, and Pauline Trigere, plus the everyday people who form the hustle and bustle of the city's daily life. For anyone who grew up in or near "the city"-or fell in love with New York as an adult-this unique history, filled with vintage photos, is a compelling read...and a powerful testament to the indescribable mystique of magical, memorable Manhattan.


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Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are co-authors of four critically acclaimed oral histories, "including "It Happened in the Catskills"; "It Happened in Brooklyn"; "Growing Up Jewish in America"; and "It Happened on Broadway," They are cultural/oral historians who concentrate on New York City. Their work has appeared in such publications as the "New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times," and "Redbook," They are professors in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. Harvey Frommer is a noted sports author and oral historian and the author of over forty books, including "Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of "The House that Ruth Built,
Published October 1, 2001 by Berkley Hardcover. 336 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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The Frommers (Growing up Jewish in America, 1995, etc.) have gathered together the recollections (of widely varying frankness and detail) of actors, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, composers, and critics active in the evolution of theater in New York over the past seven decades.

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Contrary to the popular notion, nostalgia is pretty much what it's always been, judging by the latest offering from the Frommers (It Happened on Broadway, 1998, etc.).

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