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Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America

Supreme City:  How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America

by Donald L. Miller,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 2014

As they entered the lavish lobby of his skyscraper on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Forty-Fifth Street in 1934, two characters in Don DeLillo's novel Underworld asked, "Who in the world was Fred F. French?" Although Tudor City, 10 buildings that constituted the first residential skyscraper complex in the world, was also part of French's real estate empire, the narrator of Underworld noted that the average New Yorker "did not have a clue" about his identity.

 

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