Tom Range wrote "The History of New York City Subways." He traces the history of mass transportation in Manhattan and New York City’s outer boroughs with the use of old postcards. Public transportation has long been vital to the city, with horse-drawn surface lines established by 1831 and elevated railroad lines constructed during the 1870s and 1880s. The concept of subways, railroads operating underground, originated in London in 1863 and was applied to New York City by 1904. This collection of vintage postcards brings you through the tunnels of the subway, onto the platforms of the long-gone els, and examines New York’s renowned terminals, especially Grand Central and Penn Station. (blurb)
One article Tom wrote was about a man living in an apartment in the Bronx in 1917. This man was under constant surveillance by unknown people. He spoke to crowds of people, mostly ethnic Russians and East Europeans. Only in the last paragraph did we find out the man was Leon Trotsky.