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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Robert A. Caro
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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780394720241 (0394720245)
ASIN: 394720245
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 1344
Edition language: English
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spoko
spoko rated it
The Power Broker is a great book, obviously representing a ton of research, and giving a very detailed view of its subject's rise and fall. It's a complicated, intricately woven history, and Caro walks his reader carefully through it, examining virtually every detail. You come away with a real under...
Monkeypanic
Monkeypanic rated it
0.0 The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert Moses was definitely a behind-the-scenes powerbroker in New York State politics. Growing up just a few miles from the Robert Moses Parkway, I always wondered who he was - oddly, he was never mentioned in any of the NYS history taught at my school.
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