Pulitzer Prize Finalist “The most vivid and telling description of life and death in a colonial seaport yet produced by a historian. With a lacerating attention to detail, Lepore reveals the tragedies endured and inflicted in a colonial society that combined freedom and slavery in crowded towns of stark cruelty and vaunting ambitions.”—The New Republic “A fascinating social and political history.”--The New York Times Book Review “Vivid and provocative; [Lepore] evokes eighteenth-century New York in all its moral and physical messiness.”--The New Yorker “A vivid and convincing account …. A sober, meticulous book.”--The Washington Post Book World “A historical study that is both intellectually rigorous and broadly accessible. … The type of book that we need to read and historians need to write, more often.”--Newsday “A reconstruction at once factually rigorous and brilliantly imaginative.”--The New York Sun “Remarkable. … Lepore mixes in legal, political, religious and literary information. … A tour de force.”--The Winston-Salem Journal “Riveting.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Lepore brings this terrifying period vividly to life. … A gripping read.”--The Star-Ledger (Newark) “A stellar performance.”--Booklist (starred review) Anisfield Wolf Award for Non-Fiction; Book of the Year, New York City Book Awards; ALA Notable Book; Book of the Month Club and the History Book Club. Audio: Highbridge Audio, 2005; Vintage, 2006.