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Shorto, Russell

Overview
Works: 80 works in 296 publications in 5 languages and 15,228 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Biographies  Sources  Personal narratives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Narrator, win, Contributor, Author of introduction
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Russell Shorto
The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan and the forgotten colony that shaped America by Russell Shorto( Book )

35 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Dutch role in the establishment of Manhattan discusses the rivalry between England and the Dutch Republic, focusing on the power struggle between governor Peter Stuyvesant and politician Adriaen van der Donck
Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city by Russell Shorto( Book )

33 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on earth, is bound up in its unique geography--the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay--and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation. In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth century wine tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch--and world--history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence and its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are being questioned anew.--Book jacket
Descartes' bones : a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reason by Russell Shorto( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a brutal winter's day in 1650 in Stockholm, the Frenchman René Descartes, the most influential and controversial thinker of his time, was buried after a cold and lonely death far from home. Sixteen years later, the French Ambassador, Hugues de Terlon, secretly unearthed Descartes' bones and transported them to France. Why would this devoutly Catholic official care so much about the remains of a philosopher who was hounded from country to country on charges of atheism? Why would Descartes' bones take such a strange, serpentine path over the next 350 years - a path intersecting some of the gradest events imaginable: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, the mind-body problem, the conflict between faith and reason? Their story involves people from all walks of life - Louis XIV, a Swedish casino operator, poets and playwrights, philosophers and physicists - who used the bones in scientific studies, stole them, sold them, revered them as relics, fought over them, passed them surreptitiously from hand to hand. The answer lies in Descartes' famous phrase: "Cogito, ergo sum - I think, therefore I am." In his deceptively simple seventy-eight-page essay, Discourse on the Method, this small, vain, vindictive, peripatetic, ambitious Frenchman destroyed 2,000 years of received wisdom and laid the foundations of the modern world. At the root of Descartes' "method" was skepticism: "What can I know for certain?" Like-minded thinkers around Europe passionately embraced the book - the method was applied to medicine, nature, politics, and society. The notion that one could find truth in facts that could be proved, and not in reliance on tradition and the Church's teachings, would become a turning point human history. In an age of faith, what Descartes was proposing seemed like heresy. Yet Descartes himself was a good Catholic who was spurred to write his incendiary book for the most personal of reasons: He had devoted himself to medicine and the study of nature, but when his beloved daughter died at the age of five, he took his ideas deeper. To understand the natural world one needed to question everything. Thus the scientific method was created, and religion overthrown. The great controversy Descartes ignited continues to our era: where Islamic terrorists spurn the modern world and pine for a culture based on unquestioning faith; where scientists write bestsellers that passionately make the case for atheism; where others struggle to find a balance between faith and reason. Descartes' Bones is a historical detective story about the creation of the modern mind, with twists and turns leading up to the present day - to the science museum in Paris where the philosopher's skull now resides and to the church a few kilometers away where, not long ago, a philosopher-priest said a mass for his bones. -- from back cover
The Civil War chronicle : the only day-by-day portrait of America's tragic conflict as told by soldiers, journalists, politicians, farmers, nurses, slaves, and other eyewitnesses by J. Matthew Gallman( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this chronicle we hear the real voices of the soldiers, nurses, farmers, laborers, slaves, and freed people who lived through America's most tragic conflict. The Civil War Chronicle is a collection of the letters, diaries, speeches, telegrams, newspaper accounts, and official battlefield reports penned by those people, both famous and anonymous, who felt compelled to record their experiences because they sensed that their lives were significant. Also included are hundreds of period images which, along with the carefully chosen yet highly eclectic accounts, help recapture the day-to-day texture of life during the Civil War at all levels of Union and Confederate society."--Jacket
Revolution song : a story of American freedom by Russell Shorto( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his epic new book, Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course, and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy. Through these lives we understand that the revolution was fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending."--Jacket flap
Gospel truth : the new image of Jesus emerging from science and history and why it matters by Russell Shorto( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We know of Jesus is myth. Many people believe that to move closer to historical and scientific truth is to undermine spiritual truth. But Shorto reports on a profound change in thinking that is under way among the scholars, clergy, and ordinary Christians who believe that the new findings about the life and times of Jesus do not negate Christian faith but in fact give it new life and a secure foundation in the modern world
Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier by Russell Shorto( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the black athlete who broke the color barrier in major league baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947
Geronimo and the struggle for Apache freedom by Russell Shorto( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the life story of the Apache chief who led one of the last great Indian uprisings
Tecumseh and the dream of an American Indian nation by Russell Shorto( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the Shawnee warrior, orator, and leader who united a confederacy of Indians in an effort to save Indian land from the advance of white soldiers and settlers
Abraham Lincoln and the end of slavery by Russell Shorto( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief biography of Abraham Lincoln, describing his political career, his feelings about slavery, and his role as president during the Civil War
Descartes' bones : [a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reason] by Russell Shorto( Recording )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since 1666, [Rene] Descartes' bones have been fought over, stolen, and sold--by adherents to both religious and scientific doctrine. But why? The answer lies in Descartes' legendary expression, 'I think, therefore I am, ' which prompted the notion that knowledge can be found in facts, not church teachings. With that seemingly innocuous phrase, Descartes presented skepticism to the world--and profoundly changed the course of humankind."--Container
Saints and madmen : psychiatry opens its doors to religion by Russell Shorto( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Russell Shorto tells remarkable stories of people suffering from what once were deemed spiritual afflictions, then came to be seen as purely medical disorders, and now, thanks to this new generation of psychiatric pioneers, are being treated as both. "In the process, Shorto brings to bear issues from the cutting edge of consciousness studies. He explores the shared territory of psychosis and mysticism; the changing meaning of 'self', 'soul', 'mind', and 'brain'; the theory that psychotropic drugs have a spiritual dimension; the meaning of religious terrorism; and the possibility that addiction and depression are spiritual conditions. In weaving his case studies into a single story, Shorto delivers a concise update on the science of the mind and the newest efforts to probe the deepest meaning of human existence"--Jacket
The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan & the forgotten colony that shaped America by Russell Shorto( Recording )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before there were 13 colonies, there was New Netherland. Founded by the Dutch, this tiny community on the edge of the wilderness supported a staggering array of peoples. Surrounded by intolerant Puritans, the colony took its cue from Amsterdam, Europe's most liberal city. Inevitably the Dutch and English clashed--and a new nation was born
Careers for animal lovers by Russell Shorto( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes interviews with people who hold such varied careers as animal illustrator, pet store owner, dairy farmer, and zoo biologist, telling what they do, how they got started, and the necessary preparation for each job
Thomas Jefferson and the American ideal by Russell Shorto( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life and achievements of the Virginian who wrote the Declaration of Independence and served as the third president of the United States
Abraham Lincoln : to preserve the Union by Russell Shorto( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the President who led the country through the stormy years of the Civil War
David Farragut and the great naval blockade by Russell Shorto( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the American naval officer for whom Congress created the rank of full admiral
Careers for people who like people : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People working in a wide range of careers, including a day care worker, flight attendant, and hotel manager, describe the daily routine, benefits, and drawbacks of their jobs and the education and training they received
Careers for people who like to perform : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People working in a wide range of performing careers, including a trial lawyer, comedian, dancer, and anchorwoman, describe the daily routines, benefits, and drawbacks of their jobs and the education and training they received
Careers for foreign language experts : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes interviews with people who hold such varied careers as tour consultant, literary agent, international lawyer, and foreign language textbook editor, describing what they do, how they got started, and the necessary preparation for each job
 
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The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan and the forgotten colony that shaped America
Alternative Names
Russell Shorto American journalist

Russell Shorto Amerikaans schrijver

Russell Shorto periodista estadounidense

Shorto, Russel

쇼토, 러셀 1959-

ショート, ラッセル

Languages
English (148)

Dutch (10)

Chinese (2)

Spanish (2)

Russian (1)

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Descartes' bones : a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reasonThe Civil War chronicle : the only day-by-day portrait of America's tragic conflict as told by soldiers, journalists, politicians, farmers, nurses, slaves, and other eyewitnessesGospel truth : the new image of Jesus emerging from science and history and why it mattersGeronimo and the struggle for Apache freedomTecumseh and the dream of an American Indian nationDescartes' bones : [a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reason]Saints and madmen : psychiatry opens its doors to religionThe island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan & the forgotten colony that shaped America