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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today.

In revealing how Moses did it--how he developed his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government, one that could bring to their knees Governors and Mayors (from La Guardia to Lindsay) by mobilizing banks, contractors, labor unions, insurance firms, even the press and the Church, into an irresistible economic force--Robert Caro reveals how power works in all the cities of the United States. Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He personally conceived and completed public works costing 27 billion dollars--the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known. Without ever having been elected to office, he dominated the men who were--even his most bitter enemy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, could not control him--until he finally encountered, in Nelson Rockefeller, the only man whose power (and ruthlessness in wielding it) equalled his own.

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This is the first and foremost a brilliant multidimensional portrait of a man-an extraordinary man who, denied power within the normal framework of the democratic process, stepped outside that framework to grasp power sufficient to shape a great city and hold sway over the very texture of millions of lives.

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Peter Saucerman, May 20, 2013 (view all comments by Peter Saucerman)
I first read this as a grad student of City Planning at Berkeley. I was prepared for a dry, droll slog through 800+ pages. Instead, I found it to be a mesmerizing page-turner, expertly written and fully deserving of the Pulitzer it earned for Robert Caro.

Now granted, one must assume the reader possesses a general interest in local politics, municipal governance, building or planning. If so, one will be rewarded with a fascinating picture of the urban renewal and massive projects that bludgeoned their way through New York - and by extension, through most American cities in the 1950's through 1980's. It is expertly researched, clearly presented and completely readable - a must for any fan of urban history.
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ISBN:
9780394720241
Author:
Caro, Robert A.
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Caro, Robert A.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
City and state planning and urban development
Subject:
Public works
Subject:
Moses, robert, 1888-1981
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Moses, Robert
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 12
Publication Date:
19750731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
1344
Dimensions:
9.17 x 6.08 x 1.9 in 3.5 lb

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