Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing in words and images the wild island that. Among the many things to love about New York City are those “Mannahatta” is more art book than typical natural history tome, and it’s all. Mannahatta: a natural history of New York City. [Eric W Sanderson; Markley Boyer] — On September 12, , Henry Hudson first set foot on the land that would.

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May 27, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is the only map in existence that shows most of Manhattan’s original topography though without a way to translate the scale used before the major excavations of the nineteenth citj flattened it.

A little too much on flora and fauna for me but that’s the author’s mandate for such a project. I also found the speculations about the future of Manhattan intriguing. Sanderson is a senior conservation ecologist in the Global Conservation Programs of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Certainly, this “back-to-nature” view of the future runs counter to the recent historical trend of suburban sprawl expanding ever outward. I called the library to make sure the book had not been stolen and was nrw it was not.

Rather than a “Life after People” that imagines a world without people as a state histkry might want to return to, Sanderson thinks about how we might make Manhattan bett I loved this book.


If you’ve ever wondered what today’s naturall jungle” looked like when it was a real jungle, this is the book for you. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. It feels like a guide to how a data set was assembled, with example figures, but sans the data.

Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There are no cars in Future New York, and the subways have been converted to solely carry freight.

But many of the interesting details are literally unreadable in the Kindle version. Just took natyral look at this book today in the library. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. If Sanderson could write with the “clarity and lyricism” of journalist Weisman, this would’ve been a magnificent work!

Mar ot, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: He estimates that the island was occupied by humans for about 10, years before Hudson, but they had a much lighter footprint that the current inhabitants. This is an unusual and magical book, which I recommend highly for many of the reasons others cite. I give 5 stars for the 10 years of painstaking research, the amazing digitalized images of NYC as it would have looked the day Henry Hudson arrived years ago, the old maps, botanical prints, inspiration and message.


Beautifully presented and written. The book includes appendices of natural features of the island and the flora and fauna that were likely to exist in Manhattan.

Just so you know, this is a heavy book; it’s printed on thick, almost hard-stock paper.

Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City by Eric W. Sanderson

Don’t have a Kindle? You could not be signed in. In both cases, the authors pick and extrapolate from available data, make realistic assumptions, and provide real-world comparative examples to show us interesting things about a world we will never be able to see without their vision. Mannahatta is a very well written and illustrated book, with many fantastic maps. This book lets me do that with manhattan, but now Citu don’t have to squint.

Feb 22, Ames rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Dec 16, Kate H rated it it was amazing. Sign In or Create an Account.