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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Without ever once being elected to office, he created for himself a position of supreme and untouchable authority, allowing him to utterly reshape the city of New York. This book tells the story of Robert Moses, the single most powerful man in New York for almost half a century a... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781847923646
Barcode 9781847923646
Published 15 July 2015 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Caro, Robert A.
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ISBN-13 9781847923646
ISBN-10 184792364X
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Vintage
Imprint The Bodley Head Ltd
Publication Date 15 July 2015
International Publication Date 2 July 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Caro, Robert A.
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Urban Communities
Political Leaders & Leadership
Urban & Municipal Planning
Number of Pages 1312
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 60mm
Weight 1,657g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress City planners - History - 20th century - New York State - New York, Urban renewal - History - 20th century - New York State - New York
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 974.71042092
Catalogue Code 658292

Description of this Book

The Power Broker is a riveting and timeless account of power and politics by 'the greatest political biographer of our times.' (Sunday Times). It tells the story of Robert Moses, the single most powerful man in New York for almost half a century and the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known. Without ever once being elected to office, he created for himself a position of supreme and untouchable authority, allowing him to utterly reshape the city of New York, turning it into the city we know today, while at the same time destroying the lives of millions and remaining accountable to no one. First published in 1974, this legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning book by one of the most illustrious political historians of our era has been continuously in print in the USA for over 40 years but has never before been published in the UK. I think about Robert Caro and reading The Power Broker back when I was 22 years old and just being mesmerized, and I'm sure it helped to shape how I think about politics. (Barack Obama).

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I think about Robert Caro and reading The Power Broker back when I was 22 years old and just being mesmerized, and I'm sure it helped to shape how I think about politics -- Barack Obama A truly exceptional achievement ... Important, awesome, compelling ... extraordinary on many levels and certain to endure Washington Post One of the most exciting, un-put-downable books I have ever read. This is definitive biography, urban history, and investigative journalism. This is a study of the corruption which power exerts on those who wield it to set beside Tacitus and his emperors, Shakespeare and his kings Baltimore Evening Sun Irresistible reading. It is like one of the great Russian novels, overflowing with characters and incidents that all fit into a vast mosaic of plot and counterplot. Only this is no novel. This is a college education in power corruption St. Louis Post-Dispatch Surely the greatest book ever written about a city -- David Halberstam
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Robert A. Caro has been described as 'the greatest political biographer of our times' (Sunday Times) and 'a world authority on the nature of power and how to use it' (Guardian). Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Princeton University, later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and was an investigative reporter for Newsday for six years. His first book, The Power Broker, won the Pulitzer Prize in biography and the Frances Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. His subsequent books comprise a multi-volume work, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, 'regarded by many as the greatest political biography of the modern era' (The Times). Over the course of four volumes, he has become one of the most lauded writers of his generation, winning three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the National Book Award and a further Pulitzer Prize. He is currently at work on the fifth and final volume. In addition, Robert Caro has also been awarded virtually every other major literary honour, including the Gold Medal in Biography from the National Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, the highest award in the humanities given in the United States. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, an historian and writer.

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