Howard B. Rock
City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York (NYU Press, $99) is a sweeping three-volume chronicle of the Jewish experience in the largest Jewish city in the world. Beginning in 1654, when 23 Dutch Jews first set eyes on the colony of New Amsterdam right through until today, City of Promises uses original research and illustrations in this path-breaking interpretation of the Jewish and American experience. “A highly valuable and vastly immersing study of how New York came to be considered a Jewish city.”—Publishers Weekly. Howard B. Rock, one of the contributing writers on the project, has written extensively on the history of New York City. His first book, Artisans of the New Republic, triggered a new interest in artisan studies. His most recent work, Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images was a graphic analysis of New York’s 350 year history.