The Power Broker : Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
by Robert A. Caro
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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One of the most famous books of our time, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize, The Broker Power tells the story hidden behind the shaping (and mal-shaping) of the twentieth century, New York City and State and makes public what some have known: that of Robert Moses was, for nearly half a century, the most powerful man of our time, in New York City.Revealing the way in which Moses did not–how he developed his public powers in a political machine that was practically a fourth branch of government, which one could bring to his knees, the Governors and Mayors (from La Guardia to Lindsay) by mobilizing banks, entrepreneurs, trade unions, insurance companies, even the press and Church, in an irresistible economic force–RobertMoses built an empire and lived as an emperor.He personally designed and completed public works costing $27 billion, the largest builder in America (and probably in the world) has never knownWithout ever having been elected to this position, he dominated the men who were even his bitterest enemies, Franklin DRoosevelt, couldn’t control himself until he finally met Nelson Rockefeller, the only man whose power (and cruelty in handling) equalled his own.
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