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1,246pgs. Black Cloth, gilt embossed "Robert A. Caro" on front panel. gilt lettering on the spine. Map endpapers. Photos. light edgewear, a few pages have one ink margnial mark, otherwise fine. Unclipped pictorial jacket has toning to the edges, a closed tear on upper corner of rear panel. in mylar sleeve. Monumental biography of Robert Moses, who though never was elected to public office wielded tremendous power over New York State and New York City. N° de ref. de la librería
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.
Biografía del autor:
For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biogra- phy from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best ?exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.? In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama.
Caro?s first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, every- where acclaimed as a modern classic, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century. It is, according to David Halberstam, ?Surely the greatest book ever written about a city.? And The New York Times Book Review said: ?In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort.?
The first volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, The Path to Power, was cited by The Washington Post as ?proof that we live in a great age of biography . . . [a book] of radiant excellence . . . Caro?s evocation of the Texas Hill Country, his elaboration of Johnson?s unsleeping ambition, his understanding of how politics actually work, are? let it be said flat out?at the summit of American historical writing.? Professor Henry F. Graff of Columbia University called the second volume, Means of Ascent, ?brilliant. No review does justice to the drama of the story Caro is telling, which is nothing less than how present-day politics was born.? And the London Times hailed volume three, Master of the Senate, as ?a masterpiece . . . Robert Caro has written one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age.?
?Caro has a unique place among American political biographers,? according to The Boston Globe. ?He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured.? And Nicholas von Hoffman wrote: ?Caro has changed the art of political biography.?
Caro graduated from Princeton University and later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, an historian and writer
Título: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall ...
Año de publicación: 1974
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Edición: First American Edition.
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