The Power Broker

The Power Broker

Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Book - 1975 | Vintage Books ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1975, c1974.
Edition: Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780394720241
0394720245
Branch Call Number: BIO MOSES CARO
Characteristics: ix, 1246, xxxiv p., [25] leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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ericnorcross Sep 22, 2013

A thought provoking book, Robert Caro's historically accurate exploration of Robert Moses who ripped apart neighborhood after neighborhood and used New York City as a canvas for some of the most ridiculous highway projects in the country. What started out as an idealistic vision became vengeful towards the very population he was serving.

Don27 Sep 01, 2013

Quite simply this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. A real life story that is gripping and compulsive reading. Caro has mastery of the all the details, and none of them were boring, even his descriptions of how municipal bonds work. A virtual Shakespearean tragedy, it is sad to see Robert Moses go from a good government reformer to the worst kind of autocratic bureaucrat, one that has affected drastically the lives of all New Yorkers, whether or not they own a car.

A brilliant, brilliant book. You should read this!

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villavis
Jun 05, 2012

An excellent, well-written, long read. Am anxious to read the second half.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 01, 2012

A fascinating study of vision, acquired power, and ruthlessness.

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