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“Amsterdam is a small place that casts a big shadow. ”
—Charles C. Mann
New York’s Lower East Side was said to be the most densely populated square mile on earth in the 1890s. Health inspectors called the neighborhood “the suicide ward. A third of the children living there died before their fifth birthday.
"Few books capture so acutely the world-historical whiplash of the summer of 1914. . . . The supreme memoir of the grand European fin de siècle.”
—Alex Ross, The New Yorker