Morris, Jan - Manhattan ’45 - ( Item 133705 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2016. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Bound in paper printed and blocked with a design by Neil Gower. Set in Deepdene. 208 pages. Frontispiece and 11 pages of black & white plates. Plain slipcase. 9? x 5¾?. Jan Morris’s exuberant and witty love letter to the Manhattan of 1945 effortlessly evokes a time when it was 'the most hopeful city on earth'. In 1945, Manhattan was poised on the brink of a glittering future. Standing at its pinnacle of cultural and economic power, it looked set to become 'the supreme city of the Western world' – in stark contrast to London, Paris and much of the rest of Europe, where the terrible consequences of war were still very much apparent. Travel writer Jan Morris opens her account of New York’s golden age with a dazzling snapshot of the city in a particularly ebullient mood: the Second World War is all but over and the Queen Mary is bringing home thousands of victorious American GIs. Sailing into New York Bay, they are ‘welcomed like a promise of good things' by a rapturous, flag-waving crowd. After a period of uncertainty the future finally looks bright, and the Manhattan of 1945 is a city at its pinnacle of cultural and economic power, full of people 'to whom nothing is impossible'. All of which was in stark contrast to London, Paris and much of the rest of the world, where the terrible consequences of war were still very much apparent.
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