Before New York City became known as the Big Apple, it could have rightfully been called the Big Oyster. In this compelling and highly readable book, Mark Kurlansky tells the story of New York and the development of the New World through the lens of an unlikely subject: the oyster. Did you know that oysters in New York Harbor once measured nearly a foot across? Did you know that oysters were so plentiful in the Hudson that they were considered a staple in early Dutch and British diets? They were enjoyed by rich and poor alike! How is it that an area once containing over half of the world's entire oyster population now offers oysters so polluted that they are unfit for human consumption? Whether your a foodie, an environmentalist, or a history buff, The Big Oyster will satisfy.