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Current Affairs/Urban Studies

"An extraordinary book, an insider's account of the daily

workings of a big-city administration."

--Witold Rybczynski, The New York Review of Books

A Prayer for the City is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger's true epic of Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, an utterly unique, unorthodox, and idiosyncratic leader who will do anything to save his city: take unions head on, personally lobby President Clinton to save 10,000 defense jobs, or wrestle Smiley the Pig on Hot Dog Day--all the while bearing in mind the eternal fickleness of constituents whose favor may hinge on a missed garbage pick-up or an overzealous meter maid. It is also the story of citizens in crisis: a woman fighting ceaselessly to give her great-grandchildren a better life, a father of six who may lose his job at the Navy Shipyard, and a policy analyst whose experiences as a crime victim tempt her to abandon her job and ideals. Heart-wrenching and hilarious, alive with detail and insight, A Prayer for the City describes a city on its knees and the rare combination of political courage and optimism that may be the only hope for America's urban centers.

"A Prayer for the City gives a unique insider account. . . . [It] is a superb book. . . . Bissinger's writing, sparse and urgent, always shines . . . and his narrative crackles with descriptive force." --The Miami Herald

"A full-scale portrait of a struggling American metropolis that brings to mind such classics of urban reportage and analysis as J. Anthony Lukas's Common Ground and Nicholas Lemann's Promised Land."

--The New York Times Book Review

"What we see through Bissinger's unique lens is profoundly touching and inspiring, poignant and sad. . . . If you really want to feel the

heartbeat of the American city--and find a source of hope for its

revival--you will find it here." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Synopsis:

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist offers the epic and fascinating story Philadelphia's Mayor Rendell, who will do anything to save a city on the brink of collapse. 21 photos.

About the Author

Buzz Bissinger spent five and a half years writing this book, during which time he had exclusive access to Mayor Ed Rendell's administration. From 1981 to 1988 he was a reporter at The Philadelphia Enquirer, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, and later he worked for the Chicago Tribune. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1985-86 and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He is the author of the acclaimed bestseller Friday Night Lights.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679744948
Author:
Clark, Robert
Author:
Clark, Robert
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
State, Provincial & Local Government
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
philadelphia;politics;non-fiction;urban studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19981229
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.00x5.19x.99 in. .87 lbs.

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