The Sugar King is not just a historian’s perspective of north Brooklyn, it is a gripping journey in time of the development of NYC. It reads like a gripping novel, that had me gripped from the first page. As a NYC middle school teacher, I can only aspire to tell historical narratives with such accuracy and enthusiasm as Geoffrey Cobb. He has a way of weaving the Havemeyer’s story and intertwining it with NYC’s urbanization on a world scale. These pages turn an otherwise mundane tale of corporate greed, into vibrant tale with historical figures that seem to come back to life through the research of Cobb. Great book, great research, great author, and a must read.