Read Brooklyn Wars Online Free - From the earliest days of the Republic until the administration of LBJ, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was, proudly, both an arsenal of democracy, in FDR's words, and the creator of 70,000 local jobs. In time it became best known as the scary place New Yorkers had to locate to rescue their impounded cars. And then it came back to life, but not without a war.
A public meeting becomes a battleground over plans to redevelop the once-proud Brooklyn Navy Yard. Local residents clamor for their own agenda in redeveloping 300 acres overlooking a sparkling downtown Manhattan, while business and real estate experts argue and city officials cower. Erica Donato, still writing her PhD dissertation about changes in city neighborhoods, witnesses the shocking murder of a power-broker that night on the Yard's condemned Admirals' Row.
Erica uncovers the dead man's complicated history with the Yard, with his road to wealth and a high-flyer lifestyle, and with his wives and mistresses. When her daughter, Chris, visits her father's relatives for a family history project, Erica goes along, and learns that the Donato clan was involved in the Navy Yard's glory days and its slow, politics-ridden death. The story of Aunt Philomena, tall and blond, one of the proud Brooklyn girls who built ships in the Yard during World War II, captivates her. After the U.S. victory these women were told to give their jobs back to the men coming home. Philomena, so strong, so happy, mysteriously faded away and died young.
Under pressure to drop her chapter on the Naval Yard and finish her PhD dissertation on a final deadline, as well as from the police to step aside for safety, Erica once again discovers "what's past is prologue" to murder...and to her life.
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July 19, 2017
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September 01, 2017
An entertaining murder-mystery from an alternative perspective
Historian Erica is investigating the history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a chapter in her PhD dissertation. As part of her research, she attends a public meeting about the future of the land where the Navy Yard once was. Afterwards,...
July 31, 2017
Have you ever enjoyed the background of a book, but wanted to shake the amateur sleuth? I know some of my friends who love Triss Stein's Erica Donato mysteries are not going to be happy with my comments about Brooklyn Wars. I love history, and I appreciate Stein's stories of Brooklyn. But, Erica...
September 23, 2017
So many twists and turns keep one wanting to read more. As a Brooklyn girl, I could relate to the closing of the Navy Yard. I knew the general area as well as some men who worked there. The reference to Bishop Loughlin resonated with me. I knew a number of girls who attended high school at Loughl...
August 08, 2017
“Brooklyn Wars” by Triss Stein is not a book that I would typically choose, but the opportunity to learn about the Brooklyn Navy yard intrigued me, and I was not disappointed.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is one of Brooklyn’s never-ending sagas of land use conflict that pits the demand for development...