Two NYU Historians' Books Named Among New York Times' "100 Notable Books of 2009"


Two New York University historians’ books were among the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2009,” a list published in the December 6 New York Times Book Review: Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, a biography of photographer Dorothea Lange, by Linda Gordon, and Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, which chronicles Henry Ford’s attempt to create an American company town in the Brazilian Amazon, by Greg Grandin.

Two New York University historians’ books were among the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2009,” a list published in the December 6 New York Times Book Review: Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, a biography of photographer Dorothea Lange, by Linda Gordon, and Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, which chronicles Henry Ford’s attempt to create an American company town in the Brazilian Amazon, by Greg Grandin.

Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (Norton) charts Lange’s journey from polio-ridden child to wife and mother, to San Francisco portrait photographer, to chronicler of the Great Depression and World War II. Behind the lens, Gordon finds a complex individual-driven, but exquisitely sensitive, passionate and businesslike, who was demanding of herself and others, but a generous mentor and devoted friend.

“Lange was by no means the saintly, self-effacing personality that many had assumed, extrapolating from her photography,” Gordon says. “On the contrary: she was driven by ambition, sometimes irritable, often demanding-yet uncommonly sensitive and generous. In short, a personality of intensity and complexity and, therefore, a particularly fascinating subject.”

500

Cannot serve request to /content/nyu/en/about/news-publications/news/2009/december/two_nyu_historians_books.html on this server


ApacheSling/2.2 (Day-Servlet-Engine/4.1.52, Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM 1.7.0_80, Linux 2.6.32-696.6.3.el6.centos.plus.x86_64 amd64)