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Shorto, Russell

Overview
Works: 72 works in 259 publications in 5 languages and 14,288 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Sources  Personal narratives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Narrator, win, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: F128.4, B
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 4 languages and held by 2,430 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 Holland governor Peter Stuyvesant and politician Adriaen van der Donck that shaped New York's culture and social freedoms
Descartes' bones : a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reason by Russell Shorto( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best-selling author of The Island at the Center of the World chronicles the more than three-hundred-year debate between religion and science as revealed through the long and momentous odyssey of the skeletal remains of French philosopher René Descartes, creator of the famous phrase "I think, therefore I am."
Amsterdam : a history of the world's most liberal city by Russell Shorto( Book )

28 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,266 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
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 913 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
Gospel truth : the new image of Jesus emerging from science and history and why it matters by Russell Shorto( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Last Supper, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection: one by one the great beams of Christianity are being tested. Biblical scholars - once the guardians of Christian theology - are now using the tools of archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, computer science, and even particle physics to probe the question "Who was Jesus?" The result is a radical revision of the gospel story that is both surprisingly vivid and, to some people, deeply shocking. In Gospel Truth, Russell
Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier by Russell Shorto( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 522 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 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the life story of the Apache chief who led one of the last great Indian uprisings
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 481 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
Tecumseh and the dream of an American Indian nation by Russell Shorto( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 478 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 475 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
Saints and madmen : psychiatry opens its doors to religion by Russell Shorto( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Chinese and held by 467 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 )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 424 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 362 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 345 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
David Farragut and the great naval blockade by Russell Shorto( Book )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the American naval officer for whom Congress created the rank of full admiral
Abraham Lincoln : to preserve the Union by Russell Shorto( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the President who led the country through the stormy years of the Civil War
Careers for people who like people : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 258 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 )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 243 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 )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 236 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
Careers for hands-on types : interviews by Russell Shorto( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People who work with their hands, including a tailor, film editor, and masseuse, describe what they do in their jobs, how they got there, and what others would need to get a similar 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 (137)

Dutch (12)

German (1)

Chinese (1)

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 freedomDescartes' bones : [a skeletal history of the conflict between faith and reason]Tecumseh and the dream of an American Indian nationSaints 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