Brooklyn is one of the world's great melting pots: a place where cultures converge and creativity thrives. This handsome volume features fifty profiles of prominent individuals, all of whom were born, have lived, or still live in Brooklyn. With biographical details such as where they were born, went to school, or made a name for themselves, this book looks at Brooklyn through the lens of a contemporary outsider; it is Brooklyn heritage as seen from another perspective.
Contents include: Woody Allen, Isaac Asimov, Madeleine Astor, W.H. Auden, Lauren Baccall, Matthew Barney & Björk, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henry Ward Beecher, Lloyd Blankfein, Benjamin Britten, Mel Brooks, Al Capone, Truman Capote, Shirley Chisholm, Lady Randolph Churchill, Aaron Copland, Mos Def, Neil Diamond, Bobby Fischer, Yuri Foreman, John Forsythe, Milton Friedman, David Geffen, George Gershwin, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Guccione, Anne Hathaway, Leona Helmsley, Harry Houdini, Wolfman Jack, Jay Z, Norah Jones, Michael Jordan, Danny Kaye, Larry King, Sandy Koufax, Spike Lee, H.P. Lovecraft, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller & Marilyn Monroe, Henry Miller, Steve Ribell, Carl Sagan, Bernie Sanders, Beverly Sills, Barbra Streisand, Mike Tyson, Mae West and Janet Yellen.