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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Urban studies & biography) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. Juli 1975

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"Surely the greatest book ever written about a city." --David Halberstam

"A masterpiece of American reporting. It's more than the story of a tragic figure or the exploration of the unknown politics of our time. It's an elegantly written and enthralling work of art." --Theodore H. White

"The most absorbing, detailed, instructive, provocative book ever published about the making and raping of modern New York City and environs and the man who did it, about the hidden plumbing of New York City and State politics over the last half-century, about the force of personality and the nature of political power in a democracy. A monumental work, a political biography and political history of the first magnitude." --Eliot Fremont-Smith, New York

"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." --Daniel Berger, Baltimore Evening Sun

"Fascinating, every oversize page of it." --Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

"A study of municipal power that will change the way any reader of the book hereafter peruses his newspaper." --Philip Herrera, Time

"A triumph, brilliant and totally fascinating. A majestic, even Shakespearean, drama about the interplay of power and personality." --Justin Kaplan

"In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort." --Richard C. Wade, The New York Times Book Review

"The feverish hype that dominates the merchandising of arts and letters in America has so debased the language that, when a truly exceptional achievement comes along, there are no words left to praise it. Important, awesome, compelling--these no longer summon the full flourish of trumpets this book deserves. It is extraordinary on many levels and certain to endure." --William Greider, The Washington Post Book World

"Apart from the book's being so good as biography, as city history, as sheer good reading, The Power Broker is an immense public service." --Jane Jacobs

"Required reading for all those who hope to make their way in urban politics; for the reformer, the planner, the politician and even the ward heeler." --Jules L. Wagman, Cleveland Press

"An extraordinary study of the workings of power, individually, institutionally, politically, and economically in our republic." --Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal

"Caro has written one of the finest, best-researched and most analytically informative descriptions of our political and governmental processes to appear in a generation." --Nicholas Von Hoffman, The Washington Post 

"Caro's achievement is staggering. The most unlikely subjects--banking, ward politics, construction, traffic management, state financing, insurance companies, labor unions, bridge building--become alive and contemporary. It is cheap at the price and too short by half. A milestone in literary and publishing history." --Donald R. Morris, The Houston Post

"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." --George McCue, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

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I was supposed to read this book for a class I was taking during a sabbatical. The teacher realized we would be upset at the length of the book and assigned the book more as a "strongly suggested reading." I bought the book and couldn't imagine why a lengthy book about Robert Moses would be worth my time - so many books to read and so little time! I picked it up this summer and started reading...I found myself totally engrossed and mesmerized. I even started highlighting passages and talking about different aspects of the book to my family - whether they wanted to hear about it or not! If you are interested in New York City history, political power, and "how things work," this is a fascinating epic. Not only Robert Moses, but other political figures such as Alfred E. Smith, Jimmy Walker, and others come alive in this most excellent and worthwhile biographies. Don't miss it!
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While this book at times seems insufferably long and the reader's interest will undoubtedly flag during some of its less exciting passages, "The Power Broker" is well-worth the time and effort required to complete it: its ending is possibly the most powerful of any book I have ever read. Chapter by chapter, in meticulous, well-documented detail, Caro builds a powerful indictment of an unelected public official who accumulated unrivaled power and used it to remold New York City and State - mostly for the worse - with massive highways, parks and public works projects. While some view Robert Moses simply as a "reformer gone bad," a man of incredible talent and intellect who allowed his lust for power to destroy his ability to do good, his story also reveals the vices common to almost all reformers, such as the tendency to look at the people they govern as an impersonal mass without considering the needs of individuals, or the harmful effects reform policies can have on "the people" as individuals. "The Power Broker" shows us not only how the concentration of too much power in the hands of one person subverts democracy, but that reform for its own sake is seldom a good thing.
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I read this book as required reading for a political science undergrad course (yes he was a tough professor). We were required to finish the book in eight weeks and then take a mid-term based solely on the text of the book. The initial grumbelings by the students in the course were audible until Dr. Seeny told us that the book had been cut in half by the editors. Yes,this 1100 page book with over a million words had started out at over 2 million words.
I have read with interest some of the reviews that indicate Caro could have done more with less, however after reading this book as well as both his masterpieces on Johnson I am left wanting for more. I would welcome the opportunity to read the full un-edited version of this book.
I am also anxiously waiting his third volume on Johnson.
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I first picked up The Power Broker when it was published 25 years ago. Since then I've re-read it three or four times over the years. It is a true monument to Caro that this book has remained in print in both hc and pb over these years.
This massive work is at the same time a biography of Robert Moses and the metropolitan New York City area. Moses, originally a reformer and a true public servant, somehow became tainted by the power entrusted to him. It was his way or no way -- and once he became firmly entrenched there was no "no way." A typical Moses tactic: design a great public work (bridge, for example) and underestimate the budget. A bargain sure to be approved and funded by the politicians! Then run out of money halfway through construction. The rest of the money will surely be forthcoming because no politician wants to be associated with a half-finished and very visibile "failure" -- it's much better to take credit for an "against the odds" success.
I grew up in NYC at the tail end of Moses' influence and I remember the 1964 Worlds Fair in NYC vividly, especially a "guidebook" that lionized Moses' construction prowess. In school, Moses' contribution was also taught (always positively) when we had units covering NYC history. If nothing else, Moses understood the power of good publicity, and used tactics later adopted by the current mayor (King Rudy) to control the press and public opinion. This book brings Moses back to human scale and deconstructs (no pun intended) his impact on the city.
The book is long, detailed, and compelling. Great beach reading -- especially at Jones Beach!
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I was attracted to this book because I thought, now that suburban sprawl is a <i>fait accompli</i> and we have all decided it's a bad thing, we might want to understand the philosophy behind it in the first place. There is that in this book, and so much more. Basically, Moses never really grasped that things had changed since he first built parkways to Long Island in the 1920s. He thought of driving principally as a recreational activity, or a means of reaching recreation. It never occurred to him that people would be using them to go long distances to and from work every day. And he refused to listen to any voice beside his own. More than anything else, this towering book is a uniquely American story in the vein of <i>Citizen Kane</i> (as well as all the other narratives referred to above). It's easy to paraphrase a line from that film and say that if Moses hadn't had power, he might have been a truly great man. Ironically enough, Caro pays tribute to Moses best by having done this biography determinedly and exhaustively ... the way Moses himself would have done such a job. And his storytelling skills are such that you go from rooting for Moses in the '20s as he fights the Gatsby-types to build his state parks to rooting (often unsuccessfully) against him in the '50s as he arrogantly bulldozes highways through city neighborhoods and lets the machine scalp the poor through his "housing" program. All the way, Moses's best and worst qualities - a twisted genius - are laid bare. If I had to say something negative, it would be to second the comments that there's still more to the story ... I'd love to see an uncut version, even if it were 2,000 pages. And I'd love to see a movie, too.
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