- Taschenbuch: 1344 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: later Printing (12. Juli 1975)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0394720245
- ISBN-13: 978-0394720241
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,5 x 4,8 x 23,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 29 Kundenrezensionen
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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 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.
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!Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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This is the best book I have read in years. It is nothing less than an OUTSTANDING piece of scholarship. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2000 von Eric V. Moye
I believe I learned as much about politics and city goverment from reading this book as I did in two years of graduate school studying urban planning and policy. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. Mai 2000 von R. Tomlin
There is good reason this book has remained in print for 25 years and is as timely and fresh as the day it was first published. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2000 von Alan
An astonishing masterpiece and a testament to the idea that "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2000 von Andrew F. Neuman
Robert Caro's "The Power Broker" set the standard for contemporary biography. Rarely does a writer tackle a living subject (Moses has since passed on) and achieved both... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2000 von Douglas McIntyre
Everyone knows--or intuitively feels--that American cities had some great opportunities to become enjoyable, livable places during the course of the 20th Century but somehow blew... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2000 von Allen Smalling
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York is perhaps the most brilliantly written, most brilliantly researched treatment of the modern history of the greatest city in... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 28. Januar 2000 von David M. Koss
Perhaps the best book I've ever read. Caro makes many great accomplishments, showing us 1) how the game of politics was played in 20th century New York 2)how Moses'... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 16. Dezember 1999 von Matt D. Stratton
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