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The city of Amsterdam, NY may be small in size, but the thousands of people who have lived in it's homes and worked in it's buildings during the past couple of centuries have some compelling stories to tell. They range from tales of great accomplishment in business, the arts, sports, and public service to stories about ordinary people with special skills and one-of-a-kind personalities who have added unique flavor and richness to a place that was once known as the "Rug City." Amsterdam native Michael Cinquanti has put together a collection of over 300 of these stories and presents them to readers in a unique format, by order of each subject's birthday. From New Year's Day to New Year's Eve, you'll receive a daily history lesson about a current or former Amsterdam resident who made an impact on the lives of others.

288 pages, soft cover, perfect bound
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Preview the first chapter here

Forced to leave a life he loved as a schoolboy soccer sensation in pre-WWII Italy, Gino Gerardi rebelled when he first came to Brooklyn. He dropped out of high school, drifted from one low-paying job to another and gambling quickly replaced soccer as his favorite thing to do. Then he fell in love.

A dozen years later, Gino continues to adore his wife and now has three young sons but he still cannot resist the lure of a card game. Just one week before Christmas in 1956, he loses his entire paycheck playing poker. In an effort to salvage the Holiday for his boys and save his disintegrating marriage, he borrows money from the most notorious loan shark in Brooklyn. What he's being forced to do to repay the mobster sets up the Christmas Day surprise ending to this compelling tale.

It’s a story that recaptures the powerful impact of family, the Catholic Church, and organized crime, on the daily lives of the millions of people who lived in big-city Italian-American neighborhoods during the 1950s.

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