The Library of American Lives and Times
British-born Thomas Paine came to Philadelphia in 1774. He clearly heard the colonists' cries for liberty. They stirred his own political philosophy and ideals for freedom. He committed the powerful mixture to print with revolutionary pamphlets such as Common Sense. Paine helped set the stage for the Declaration of Independence and profoundly influenced the course of our nation's history and ideology.
* Reviews *Book Review: Peter Stuyvesant
"Legends abound about the character, temperament, and wooden leg of the last director-general of New Amsterdam, fueled primarily by Washington Irving's satirical A History of New York. Krizner and Sita set the record straight here and address other misconceptions about the early days of the colony. Indeed, historical evidence does not support the legend of the 24-dollar purchase of Manhattan Island. Stuyvesant did, however, rule with an "iron fist," but loved New Amsterdam and its people, staying on after the colony fell to the English... The tightly written text is supported by extraordinary illustrations, maps, paintings, and quotes from primary sources. An absorbing story of a man and a place."
--Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA, School Library Journal
Book Review: Peter Stuyvesant
"Authors Krizner and Sita have written a detailed biography of Peter Stuyvesant... The authors have done a good job of presenting information on an important historical figure as well as the place that eventually became known as New York. A variety of pictures, drawings, and maps complement the text."
"Stunning reproduction and photos provide a clear sense of the times and settings. These attractive titles serve not only as quality report sources but also as a general interest titles."
--School Library Journal