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The Big Oyster - History on the Half Shell

Mark Kurlansky

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Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants-the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled. For centuries New York was famous for its oysters, which until the early 1900s played such a dominant a role in the city's economy, gastronomy, and ecology that the abundant bivalves were Gotham's most celebrated export, a staple food for the wealthy, the poor, and tourists alike, and the primary natural defense against pollution for the city's congested waterways. Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight-along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos-this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the island hunting ground of the Lenape Indians to the death of the oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan's Gilded Age dining chambers. Kurlansky brings characters vividly to life while recounting dramatic incidents that changed the course of New York history. Here are the stories behind Peter Stuyvesant's peg leg and Robert Fulton's "Folly"; the oyster merchant and pioneering African American leader Thomas Downing; the birth of the business lunch at Delmonico's; early feminist Fanny Fern, one of the highest-paid newspaper writers in the city; even "Diamond" Jim Brady, who we discover was not the gourmand of popular legend. With The Big Oyster, Mark Kurlansky serves up history at its most engrossing, entertaining, and delicious. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tom Stechschulte

Length:

5h 3m


Chapters

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03:15

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:16


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:45