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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vincent J. Cannato Narrator: Jonathan Hogan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Professor Vincent J. Cannato delivers a definitive history of America’s landmark port of entry. From eyewitness accounts, Cannato weaves together a poignant testament to the hopes and fears of “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The story of America is one of immigration. By bringing us the inspiring and sometimes unsettling tales of Ellis Island, Vincent Cannato’s American Passage helps us understand who we are as a nation.”

    Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Reading Vincent Cannato’s American Passage was an amazing journey into our nation’s immigrant past. Never before has Ellis Island been written about with such scholarly care and historical wisdom. Highly recommended!”

    Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Deluge

  • “To his great credit Cannato does not pretend to answer our tough questions about immigration, nor to find a ‘usable past’ in the history of Ellis Island. He just tells one heck of a story that oozes with relevance.”

    Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Historian Vincent Cannato appears to have overlooked nothing in telling the tale of the historic island, now a national monument… Cannato is not only a meticulous researcher and historian, he’s also a lively storyteller. A rare combination.”

    USA Today

  • “Mr. Cannato’s writing is vivid and accessible, and his approach is admirably even-handed.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Cannato does a masterful job of weaving together a slew of singular immigrant stories with the larger issues that surrounded newcomers. He gives us the politics, the health scares and epidemics, the crowding, the corruption and the public policy.”

    New York Post

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Annieamw Wilson | 2/18/2014

    " This would be a great book to read in a history or political science class. But as a pleasure read, it was dry, and also a bit repetitive on the politics of immigration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen | 2/8/2014

    " I was pretty excited to read this book, Ellis Island has alway interested me. However, it was a bit dry and hard to get in to. I really wanted to like it, but I ended up skipping most of the middle. As much as I hate to admit it. It was very, very factual and read quite a bit like a textbook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karina | 2/6/2014

    " The parts involving the history of the building and the system, are very interesting. As is the history of the people coming through and the general attitude of the Americans towards the immigrants and immigration. However the parts discussing the politics of the building/administration are boring, long, drawn out and dominate most of the book. I struggled to try to read it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margaret Sankey | 1/18/2014

    " Balanced account of the workings of America's east coast emigration checkpoint--amongst the eugenics fads, Antisemitism, classism, misogyny and corruption, there were also dedicated reformers who treated New Americans with kindness and dignity. Includes many small anecdotes, including that Fiorello LaGuardia paid for a night-school law degree (and probably started his political network) while working as a translator in Croatian, Yiddish and Italian at Ellis Island. "

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