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First edition, stated. Beautiful copy. Boards tight and square. Map endpapers and pages clean and unmarked, tight in binding. DJ unclipped, covered in protective mylar. Tiny nick on top of the back cover and a very small closed tear at the top of the spine. Top of pages tipped in red. N° de ref. de la librería 003301
Sinopsis: For the sheer magnitude, depth and authority of its revelations, The Power Broker stands alone---a huge and galvanizing biography revealing not only the virtually unknown saga of one man's incredible accumulation of power, but the hidden story of the shaping (and mis-shaping) of New York through the past half-century.
Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens--the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses--and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information about such national figures as Alfred E. Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt (and the genesis of their blood feud), about Fiorello La Guardia, John V. Lindsay and Nelson Rockefeller.
But The Power Broker is 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 to hold sway over the very texture of millions of lives. We see how Moses began: the handsome, intellectual young heir to the world of Our Crowd, an idealist. How, rebuffed by the entrenched political establishment, he fought for the power to accomplish his ideals. How he first created a miraculous flowering of parks and parkways, playlands and beaches--and then ultimately brought down on the city the smog-choked aridity of our urban landscape, the endless miles of (never sufficient) highway, the hopeless sprawl of Long Island, the massive failures of public housing, and countless other barriers to humane living. How, inevitably, the accumulation of power became an end in itself.
Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He was held in fear--his dossiers could disgorge the dark secret of anyone who opposed him. He was, he claimed, above politics, above deals; and through decade after decade, the newspapers and the public believed. Meanwhile, he was developing his public authorities into a fourth branch of government known as "Triborough"--a government whose records were closed to the public, whose policies and plans were decided not by voters or elected officials but solely by Moses--an immense economic force directing pressure on labor unions, on banks, on all the city's political and economic institutions, and on the press, and on the Church. He doled out millions of dollars' worth of legal fees, insurance commissions, lucrative contracts on the basis of who could best pay him back in the only coin he coveted: power. He dominated the politics and politicians of his time--without ever having been elected to any office. He was, in essence, above our democratic system.
Robert Moses held power in the state for 44 years, through the governorships of Smith, Roosevelt, Lehman, Dewey, Harriman and Rockefeller, and in the city for 34 years, through the mayoralties of La Guardia, O'Dwyer, Impellitteri, Wagner and Lindsay, He personally conceived and carried through public works costing 27 billion dollars--he was undoubtedly America's greatest builder.
This is how he built and dominated New York--before, finally, he was stripped of his reputation (by the press) and his power (by Nelson Rockefeller). But his work, and his will, had been done.
From the Back Cover: 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.
Título: The Power Broker
Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf
Año de publicación: 1974
Condición del libro: Very Good
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good
Edición: First Edition
Descripción Knopf, 1974. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0394480767
Descripción Alfred A Knopf, NY, 1974. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: This Book Has a Dust Jacket. First Edition, Stated. -------------Black cloth covers, very thick book, with large gilt lettering on spine. 1246 pages, plus index.VERY GOOD CONDITION, tight solid and clean. - - - - dust jacket slightly chipped and the dust jacket is now protected by removable clear cover. - - - also included- an October 31, 1999 NY Times article about author, Robert Caro, looking back at Robert Moses, 25 years after his writing of this book. Nº de ref. de la librería 044887
Descripción Knopf, 1974. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Nº de ref. de la librería 0394480767
Descripción Knopf. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. 0394480767 1st edition 1st printing - some wear to edges of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) some sun fade to edges of cover - some staining to page edge - otherwise cover fine binding strong contents clean - enjoy. Nº de ref. de la librería SKU1015813
Descripción Knopf. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 0394480767 1st edition 1st printing - minor wear to edge of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) price clipped - minor staining to page edge - otherwise cover fine binding strong contents clean - an overall nice strong collectible - enjoy. Nº de ref. de la librería SKU1015481
Descripción U.S.A.: Knopf, 1974. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 1st Edition. VG/VG. First edition, first printing. Original price of $17.95 intact. Red top stain. Author's first book. 1296 pp. Nº de ref. de la librería 20354
Descripción A Borzoi Book/Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Publishers, New York, 1974. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Good. Paul Bacon (Jacket Design) Ilustrador. 1st Edition. 1246 pp. Solidly bound copy and dj with moderate external wear, crisp pages and clean text. Relevant newspaper articles included from previous owner. Small tears/rips ontop of spine. Dirt stains on spine. Nº de ref. de la librería 4iiiEh0012