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All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Enhanced)

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by James Trager

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An interactive, historical automobile chronology eBook for the iPad.

A sample chapter of the eBook can be viewed here: All Cylinders – Cars of the 1950s (Enhanced) Sample

At 170 pages and with some 400 entries, 300 classic images, 500 Wikipedia links and 140 YouTube links, All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Enhanced) is a one-of-a-kind reading, viewing and learning experience sure to draw classic car fans into a now bygone era and keep them there enthralled for hours.

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Enhanced) gives vintage automobile enthusiasts an immersive road trip across the 1950s celebrating and uniquely contextualizing hundreds of makes, models, designers, inventors, race drivers, CEOs, and related developments from the consequential decade and around the world.

Entries include information on and links to: General Motors (Oldsmobile Dynamic 76, Oldsmobile 98 Holiday, Buick LeSabre, Buick Skylark, Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon, Dodge Coronet, Corvette, Corvair, Chevy Nomad, Olds Starfire, Cadillac Eldorado, Chevy Suburban, Safari), Ford (Victoria, Consul, Zephyr, Edsel, Mercury Monterey, Country Squire, Crestline Skyliner, Thunderbird, Taunus), Chrysler (FirePower, Crown Imperial, V-8 Engine, PowerFlite, Plymouth Fury), Nash-Kelvinator (Rambler, NKI Metropolitan), Henry J. Kaiser (Henry J, Corsair, Darrin DFK 161), Hudson (Hornet), Packard (Patrician, Caribbean), Studebaker (’53 coupe Speedster, Lark), BMW (501), Rootes Motors (Sunbeam Alpine), Standard Motor Co. (Triumph TR2), Humber (Super Snipe), Allard (K2), Renault (Frégate, Dauphine), Volkswagen (Microbus), Lancia (Aurelia), Simca (Aronde), Delahaye (235), Fiat (1100), Alfa Romeo (Sprint), Škoda (1200) SEAT, Toyota, Moskvitch, Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring, Trolleys, Buses, Roads, Motorcycles, Bridges, Tunnels, Insurance, Labor, Technology, Pollution, and many more.

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Prime)

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by James Trager

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An eBook for the iPad.

A sample chapter of the eBook can be viewed here: All Cylinders – Cars of the 1950s (Prime) Sample

At 150 pages and with some 400 entries and 300 classic images, All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Prime) is a pared-down version of All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Enhanced), is absent of all links and is for readers seeking a more traditional eBook experience.

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Basic)

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by James Trager

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An eBook for the iPad.

A sample chapter of the eBook can be viewed here: All Cylinders – Cars of the 1950s (Basic) Sample

At 100 pages and with some 400 entries and 30 classic images, All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s (Basic) is a no-frills version of its companions, absent of all links, most photographs and for readers seeking “just the facts, ma’m.”

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Enhanced)

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By James Trager

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An eBook for the iPad.

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Enhanced) is an inaugural eBook for the iPad organized around a single decade from Trager’s massive and comprehensive chronology of automotive history from Leonardo da Vinci to the Tesla.

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Enhanced) is a graphic-rich, multi-touch, interactive eBook that gives vintage automobile enthusiasts an immersive road trip across the 1960s celebrating and uniquely highlighting hundreds of makes, models, designers, inventors, race drivers, CEOs, and related developments from a decade that redefined the auto industry around the globe.

Entries include information on and compelling images of the choice makes and models of the age. From the universally appreciated (Plymouth Valiant & Fury, Dodge Dart, Chevy Impala SS & Corvair, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Buick Skylark & Riviera, Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Monterey, Pontiac Gran Prix, Ford Fairlane & Mustang, Studebaker Hawk & Avanti, Pontiac GTO, Chevelle Malibu, AMC Rambler, and Plymouth Barracuda) to the acquired tastes of the overseas market (BMW, Sunbeam, Triumph, Humber, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Citroën, Renault, BMW, Porsche,  Volkswagen, Lancia, Simca, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Škoda, Audi, Peugeot, Saab, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru,  Volvo, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Moskvitch), All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Enhanced) reinvents the eBook in a manner its subject transformed the globe.

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Prime)

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by James Trager

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An eBook for the iPad.

At 160 pages and with more than 400 entries and 250 classic images, All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Prime)  is a pared-down version of All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Enhanced), is absent of all links and is for readers seeking a more traditional eBook experience.

All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Basic)

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by James Trager

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An eBook for the iPad.

At 100 pages and with some 400 entries and 30 classic images, All Cylinders: Cars of the 1960s (Basic) is a no-frills version of its companions, absent of all links, most photographs and for readers seeking “just the facts, ma’m.”

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by James Trager

Ranging between 9 and 14 pages and and averaging some 30 entries each, All Cylinders: Cars of the 1950s offers FREE, no-frills, year-specific eBook versions of its companions.

With a snappy design and imagery from the era, these All Cylinders: Cars of 1950s stand-alones draw classic car fans into a now bygone era when America’s love affair with the automobile was at its apex.

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Coming Soon:

The New York Chronology: The Ultimate Compendium of Events, People, and Anecdotes from the Dutch to the Present

Available 2016

by James Trager

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For a city like no other comes a book like no other. The New York Chronology tells the epic story of how a remote trading outpost and fishing village grew into the “world’s capital” as we know it today. In tens of thousands of chronological entries, James Trager marches year by year through both the defining and incidental moments in the city’s history, from the arrival of Florentine navigator Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524 to the sad closing of Ratner’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side “after 97 years of serving blintzes, kasha, latkes, and matzoh brei.”With impeccable scholarship, humor, and an astonishing level of detail, Trager’s information-packed entries straddle 32 separate categories that define this great metropolis. Turn to any year and you’ll get a vivid sense of what life was like for New Yorkers at that time — the political and financial developments that shaped their lives; the books, magazines, and newspapers they read; the restaurants, nightclubs, shows, and sporting events that entertained them; the fitful progress of their neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, public works, transportation systems, and so much more.Of course, New Yorkers themselves hold center stage, and The New York Chronology is loaded with eye-opening and colorful stories about its famous, infamous, and long-forgotten inhabitants. From society events and publicity stunts to scandals and murders, here are scores of offbeat tidbits that you simply won’t find in a more conventional history. Handsomely illustrated with more than 130 photographs and drawings, it is an entertaining and essential book for New York lovers — a homage as grand as the city itself.

As Apocalypso Media LLC moves forward with making The New York Chronology available, we plan a series of decade specific, enhanced, multi-touch eBooks for the iPad that will include hundreds of images as well as scores of Wikipedia and YouTube links bringing the vitality of the world’s greatest city to life as it has never been displayed before.

We are still debating which decade to launch with. What say ye?

A rough but generous sample of the works-in-progress can be viewed here: NYC Prototype copy

Dig Infinity!                                              The Life & Art of Lord Buckley

Available 2016 [Apple iBooks]

by Oliver Trager

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An interactive, multi-touch eBook for the iPad celebrating the exotic and lasting legacy of Richard “Lord” Buckley, the visionary American gospel jazz humorist and performance artist.

A sample chapter of the eBook can be viewed here: Dig Infinity! copy

At 750 pages, with 225  images, 100 YouTube links, and 10 audio embeds, Dig Infinity! The Life & Art of Lord Buckley is an immersive reading, viewing, listening, and learning experience especially crafted and designed to blow a mind or two or three or four or . . . and keep them blown.

Best remembered for his dynamic verbal representations of Shakespeare, Bible stories, history, classic literature, and mythology into a one-of-a-kind “hipsemantic,” Buckley’s career in mid-20th century show business passed through many phases of the American experience (minstrelsy, the dance marathons, burlesque, vaudeville, Swing Era jazz, bebop, Las Vegas, and the Beat Generation) and included encounters and collaborations with the era’s luminaries: Al Capone, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, James Dean, and, most notably, Ed Sullivan.

The classic Lord Buckley raps recast incidents from history and mythology into a patois cross-pollinating scat singing, black jive talk and the King’s English. This odd alchemy often yielded spectacular results such as “The Nazz,” a hip retelling of three miracles in the life of Jesus Christ.

In addition to Christ in “The Nazz,” Buckley employed his distinctive and compelling brogue to celebrate William Shakespeare (“Hipsters, Flipsters & Finger-Poppin’ Daddies”), Gandhi (“The Hip Gahn”), The Old Testament (“Jonah and the Whale”) ancient Rome (“Nero”), Edgar Allen Poe (“The Raven”), Albert Einstein (“The Hip Einie”), Charles Dickens (“Scrooge”) Abraham Lincoln (“Gettysburg Address”), and the Marquis de Sade (“The Bad Rapping of the Marquis de Sade”).

Alternately, Lord Buckley developed other forms of presentation that drew on elements of Americana (“The Train”), racism (“Black Cross”), pathology (“Murder”), psychology (“Subconscious Mind”), politics (“Governor Slugwell” and “H-Bomb”), sexuality (“Chastity Belt”), and transcendence (“God’s Own Drunk”).

Buckley’s choice to translate the classics was more than a mere gimmick. By taking tales with which his audience was already familiar, he revealed how the spirit of the old heroes and heels contained contemporary meaning and importance. He infused his stories with visionary qualities and definite, if sometimes subtle, points of view. As he said in his hip version of the “Gettysburg Address”: “all Cats and Kitties, red, white or blue, are created level in front”—in essence, equal.

With the linguistic fluorescence of James Joyce and the fiery passion of a black stump preacher, Lord Buckley captured the post-World War II exuberance of bebop and the Beat Generation while anticipating the civil rights struggles by a decade and the hippies’ notion of love and planetary unification by two. The essence of Buckley’s best, both satirically condemn social ills and identify enlightening solutions. Even today, if given the chance, Buckley could raise the hackles of both the Religious Right and the Politically Correct for all the wrong reasons.

A cipher of the American underground, Lord Buckley has remained a talismanic beacon since his mysterious death. The torch he lit was effectively grabbed by Lenny Bruce and the folk protest movement of the late 1950s and early ’60s. Other cool luminaries of the following decades who revere Lord Buckley include: Bob Dylan, Robin Williams, the Beatles, Ken Kesey, Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead, Julie Taymor, Studs Terkel, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Roseanne, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Depp, Tom Waits, Whoopi Goldberg, and  Stacy Keach to name just a very few.

Dig Infinity! The Life & Art of Lord Buckley is the only biography of this iconic hipster of the heart.

Back Pages:                                      An Encyclopedia of Bob Dylan’s Cover Songs

Available 2016 [Apple iBooks]

by Oliver Trager

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A sample chapter of the eBook can be viewed here: Back Pages – Bob Dylan’s Cover Songs

What becomes a legend most? If that legend is Bob Dylan, it’s an encyclopedic source providing details of the songs of others recorded and performed by one of the 20th century’s most important artists.

Back Pages: An Encyclopedia of Bob Dylan’s Cover Songs is an interactive, multi-touch eBook for the iPad that includes entries for and descriptions of the hundreds of songs from the folk, blues, country, American Songbook canon and other idioms that Dylan took to the recording studio and the stage during his half-century career as a self-described “song and dance man.”

Along with more than a thousand YouTube links allowing the reader to experience the history and evolution of each song on a deeper level, the book also includes detailed biographical sketches of the composers and the song’s place in the tradition and history of vernacular music.

Bright Moments:                                The Life & Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Available 2016 [Apple iBooks]

by John Kruth

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Why do we know so little about the man whom Jimi Hendrix called his “favorite musician?”

Bright Moments: The Life & Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the first and only biography of the legendary jazz musician, establishes once and for all the brilliant multi-instrumentalist’s place in the pantheon of jazz giants alongside Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. Culled from three years of in-depth interviews and research, Bright Moments chronicles the tumultuous life of the neglected genius through enlightening observations and hilarious anecdotes by Kirk’s friends and family, as well as by famous contemporaries such as Quincy Jones, Allen Ginsberg, Yusef Lateef, Eric Burdon, Ken Kesey, and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson.

From the tragic loss of his vision at age two, Kirk’s life was a series of seemingly insurmountable hurdles and incredible achievement. A blind, black musician who played three saxophones simultaneously, Rahsaan was constantly written off by critics as a “circus player.” Yet Kirk’s tenacious spirit never allowed obstacles to stand in his way—for instance, a mere five months after a debilitating stroke at age 39, Rahsaan triumphantly returned to the bandstand performing on instruments he customized for one-handed playing.

In the early 1970s, Kirk’s outrageous and outspoken personality led him to organize protests against major television stations for their lack of programming “Black Classical.” It was also a key factor in his false arrest for for supposedly trying to hijack a jet from the Cleveland airport. Friend and club owner Todd Barkan once explained, “Rahsaan created a universe of his own, musically, spiritually, and aesthetically—and that was too heavy for most people.” The colorful prose of John Kruth, a multi-instrumentalist himself, dynamically captures the spirit and rhythm of jazz and its most original artist, Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

John Kruth is a musician, writer, and educator who has contributed articles to Rolling Stone, Musician, Sing Out!, Fretboard Journal, and Wax Poetics. He is the co-founder and leader of the New York City-based bands Tribecastan and Villa Delirium and the author of To Live’s To Fly—The Ballad of Townes Van Zandt and Rhapsody in Black—The Life & Music of Roy Orbison. He produced with legendary music producer Joel Dorn a three-CD box set of Rahsaan’s rare, live tracks, Dog Years in the Fourth Ring.

 

More Books by James Trager

Before and after The People’s Chronology, Jim Trager was prolific to say the least. Apocalypso Media LLC has plans to release the balance of his catalogue and are investigating the best format for delivery of each of the following titles.

The Women’s Chronology: A Year-By-Year Record From Prehistory to the Present

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The Women’s Chronology illuminates the effects of history on women—and their role in creating it—like no other available reference. Information once available only in scattered, hard-to-find sources is now at your fingertips in this accessible single volume.

This lively chronicle of causes and effects brings to life the achievements, downfalls, trials, intrigues, discoveries, and talents of nearly 4,000 women. The more than 13,000 information-packed entries also detail historical developments of particular significance to women throughout time: from the three million-year-old remains of Lucy to the development of the first female condom.

Each entry is coded with a graphic symbol that clearly identifies one of 29 distinct areas of human endeavor, including: politics, human rights, science, medicine, religion, education, transportation, communications, liertature, art, music, sports, architecture, crime, agriculture, nutrition, and more than a dozen other fields.

The Food Chronology: A Food Lover’s Compendium of Events and Anecdotes From Prehistory to the Present

Food Chronology

The Food Chronology presents a highly informative and entertaining overview of the cultural development of food and food availability throughout human history—from the Australopithecine diet of roots, berries, nuts, termites, and bone marrow to the latest Dunkin’ Donuts offering. Like James Trager’s previous Chronologies, it is packed with facts and people, products, literature, historical events, and sights around the globe.

This mouthwatering collection contains more than 13,000 entries in 28 separate and specialized areas such as agriculture, environment (dams, irrigation projects, floods, drought, and famine), transportation (essential in getting food to market), energy, food technology (grain elevators, refrigeration), nutrition, marketing, and food retailing (the rise of the supermarket). It also chronicles history’s great gastronomes, chefs, restaurants, and cookbook authors. International in scope, The Food Chronology is enlightening, engrossing, and terrific fun for history buffs and foodies alike. The text is enhanced by extensive cross-references and some 200 remarkable illustrations and photographs.

The Enriched, Fortified, Concentrated Country-Fresh, Lip-Smacking, Finger-Licking, International, Unexpurgated FOODBOOK

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James Trager’s premier tome first published in 1970, The Foodbook remains a fascinating guide to every aspect of food. From cannibalism to cyclamates, from sexual tinkering with livestock breeds to the alleged aphrodisiacal powers of various dishes, from the apple in the Garden of Eden (which, according to the Koran, was a banana) to the hotdog of today, The Foodbook explores fundamentals of taste and the vagaries of eating habits. It is at once a history book, a sociology book, an anthropology book, and a biology book—an incomparable feast for every reader!

“Will make good reading even with your next hamburger.”—New York Times

“It has something to say about everything . . . about food and eating it.”—New York Magazine

The Big, Fertile, Rumbling, Cast-Iron, Growling, Aching, Unbuttoned Bellybook

Bellybook

All of us began life in our mothers’ bellies; few of us begin to know what goes on inside our own bellies. Being in the dark about that complex inner world of wet, burbling obscurity, many of us fall prey to fad diets, nutritional extremism, and glib health promises. For the intelligent reader who has had a bellyful of dubious evangelists,The Bellybook circa 1972 but still relevant information in palatable helpings

There are still mysteries in the labyrinth of chambers, tubes, ducts, pumps, and valves that lies behind the bellybutton. The Bellybook does not pretend to have all the answers. But it sorts out truths now firmly established from from persistent puzzles that encourage loose conjecture. It examines the basis of the era’s health food claims. And it helps the reader to distinguish between legitimate concerns about our daily bread and exaggerated alarms.

Promoting no supplements or miracle cures, beholden to no commercial interests, the author provides the reader with the basic understanding needed to chart a sensible dietary regime appropriate to individual needs and tastes. Leaving contemplation of the navel to mystics, he contemplates instead gut issues of population, hunger, malnutrition, vitamin therapy, indigestion, ulcers, environment food borne diseases, additives, gout, diabetes, hypoglycemia, food allergies, cholesterol, and overweight. Comprehensive as it is, The Bellybook is also comprehensible, and as readable as it is reliable.

Amber Waves of Grain (aka The Great Grain Robbery)

Amber Waves of Grain

 Three Russian purchasing agents checked into the New York Hilton and passed word along that they were in the market for wheat . . . six months later U.S. food prices blew sky high! The Soviets had cornered one-fourth of the entire American wheat crop!

“Utilizing interviews with minor government bureaucrats from the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, assorted newspaper accounts, and many referrals to one Morton Sosland, editor-publisher of Milling & Baking News, and his ‘mysterious informant,’ Trager analyzes the 1972 U.S.-Russian wheat deals, alleging that the transactions are responsible for spiraling American food prices: ‘. . . all the shopping and cooking expertise in the world could not get around the fact that poultry prices reflected feed prices, and that feed prices reflected the grain and soybean purchases some Russians at the New York Hilton had made in the summer of 1972.’ Another Nixonomoical caper? According to Trager, the President, when asked about the grain sales, said ‘We were schnookered.’ Despite the author’s spate of statistics (many obfuscatory or irrelevant — After a calf is weaned at 250 ro 500 pounds, 6 to 8 pounds of fodder and feed to yield are needed to produce 1 pound of live weight, roughly 10 pounds of fodder and feed to yield a pound of meat. A steer will normally be range-fed until it weighs about 650 pounds, though the figure may vary from 500 to more than 850. . .’), we are not convinced that the outrageous price of steak can be laid at the door of Russian cunning or that Nixon ever used the term schnookered.”—Kirkus Review

Letters From Sachiko: A Japanese Woman’s View of Life in the Land of the Economic Miracle

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When Letters From Sachiko was originally published in 1982, a few questions were commonly asked: “Is the sun rising on the East as it sets on the West?” “Why is Japanese industry outstripping the better-established factories of Europe and America?” “How was the Japanese economic miracle created?” “What is day-to-day life like in the fastest-growing new economy to be seen in this century?”

Letters From Sachiko shows the human face behind the business-like mask of modern Japan. Through a series of perceptive and intriguing letters written by a Japanese woman to her sister living in the West, this unique book highlights the subtle differences between sexual roles, marriage, work and aspirations in the Eastern and Western worlds.

“A conscientious guide to life in her country . . . packed with valuable insights into Japanese culture and society . . . crammed with little-known information about the daily lives and closest concerns of ordinary Japanese.” – New York Times

West of Fifth: The Rise and Fall of Manhattan’s West Side

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There is one neighborhood in Manhattan where the cognoscenti go for the best music, the newest plays, the rarest foods, the biggest apartments, the trendiest shops, and the freshest air. It is the West Side, and no other writer has plumbed its dynamic history so completely as James Trager does in West of Fifth.

What transformed the upper West Side from a world of squatters on empty lots to a neighborhood of solid respectability and even luxury? How did that bastion of the middle class then become, seemingly overnight, a crime-infested jungle of plummeting property values? And how long before it will be the exclusive province of co-op and condo owners? James Trager explores these and many other questions in this definitive history of a neighborhood that is quintessentially New York.

Originally published in 1987, just as the neighborhood and the city were poised to turn yet another corner, West of Fifth provides an abundance of anecdote about the rich tapestry that was and is the West Side of Manhattan. Here are stories of its residents, like Diamond Jim Brady, Flo Ziegfeld, Duke Ellington, Babe Ruth, Norman Mailer, and John Lennon, and of its grand and eccentric buildings, like the Ansonia, the San Remo, the Beresford, the Apthrop, Alwyn Court, and the Dakota. Here are its schools, its concert halls, its avenues and its parks, its food stores, churches, synagogues, and mansions. From Columbus Circle to Columbia University, Riverside Drive to Central Park West, here are the glamour and the squalor, the escalating rents and community conflicts, and the ever-changing mix of people and the places where they live and play in this vital part of New York City.

Park Avenue: Street of Dreams

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In a unique blend of architectural and social history, James Trager probes behind cool façades to bring New York’s most glamorous street to life. Here, in the greatest concentration of public and private wealth the world has ever known, have lived the Rockefellers, Newhouses, Hearsts, Dukes, Agnellis, and Astors. Opulent homes, luxury hotels, exclusive clubs, fancy shops, and headquarters of multinational corporations share this busiest north-south thoroughfare of Manhattan’s East Side.

Between 59th and 96th streets stand the most architecturally homogeneous ranks of classic apartment buildings in this or any other city. The questions asked when Park Avenue: Street of Dreams was originally published in 1990 linger a quarter century later: “Who lives in these apartments?” “What are they like?” “How much are they worth?” James Trager takes us inside, explains why modern developers have been kept out, gives us the lowdown on the privileged boulevard.

To see how grimy old Fourth Avenue, with steam locomotives rumbling down its middle, blossomed into posh Park Avenue of today, we are led through a history of corruption, grisly accidents, and entrepreneurial daring. The pages are peopled with Vanderbilts, Goblets, the brothers Bing, Edna Ferber, and Helena Rubinstein, to name but a few.

Well covered, too, are Grand Central Terminal, the lower reaches of Park Avenue South, what remains of Fourth Avenue (once Booksellers Row), and the “other” Park Avenue that stretches from 96th Street north for nearly two dismal miles to the Harlem River.

Armories, churches, schools, museums, restaurants, scandals, murders, and controversies–they make for a lively yet definitive account in this, the first and still only book devoted entirely to New York’s “Street of Dreams.”