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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT HENRY SAW, 29 Jan 2011
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I would imagine that even the author of this impressive book would readily concede that it was never going to be a 'mass seller', but that it would be a 'breaker of new ground' in the art of envisioning and as such be of interest to a fairly wide range of those interested in all aspects of natural history, landscape ecology, American History buffs and those who have an interest/love of, Manhattan.

A landscape ecologist based at the Bronx Zoo, Eric W. Sanderson toiled for 10 years reconstructing the ecology of the island at the moment when Henry Hudson sailed into the Hudson River in 1609 when Manhattan's only occupants were 400 or so Red Indians belonging to the Algonquin tribe, part of the Lenni Lenape aka the Delaware Indians.

Hitherto, it was difficult to envisage what he saw but after much research through historical and archaeological records, and applying modern principles of ecology and computer modelling, Sanderson has been able to re-create the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem and the boggy wetlands of downtown. With many breathtaking illustrations showing what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago, it is a ground-breaking work that gives readers not only a window into the past, but inspiration for green cities and wild places of the future.

Remember the old saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover", so think about obtaining this book and looking beyond the front cover and you may well find it as interesting as I did and I'm no 'greenie' or history geek!
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