The Accidental City by Lawrence N. Powell
Improvising New Orleans

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...Mr. Powell deftly manages to bring historic personages to life with a few well-chosen words.
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America’s most beguiling metropolis started out as a snake-infested, hurricane-battered swamp. Through intense imperial rivalries and ambitious settlers who risked their lives to succeed in colonial America, the site became a crossroads for the Atlantic world. Powell gives us the full sweep of the city’s history from its founding through statehood.
 

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Lawrence N. Powell holds the James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization and is Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University.
 
Published April 13, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 449 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by WAYNE CURTIS on Apr 06 2012

...Mr. Powell deftly manages to bring historic personages to life with a few well-chosen words.

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