Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

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Macmillan, Mar 21, 2006 - History - 376 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
 
Scheduled for release in July 2007 as an ESPN original miniseries, starring John Turturro as Billy Martin, Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner, and Daniel Sunjata as Reggie Jackson.
 
A kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City in 1977, The Bronx Is Burning is the story of two epic battles: the fight between Yankee Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts--one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city--was the subtext of race.
 
Deftly intertwined by journalist Jonathan Mahler, these braided Big Apple narratives reverberate to reveal a year that also saw the opening of Studio 54, the acquisition of the New York Post by Rupert Murdoch, a murderer dubbed the "Son of Sam," the infamous blackout, and the evolution of punk rock. As Koch defeated Cuomo, and as Reggie Jackson rescued a team racked with dissension, 1977 became a year of survival--and also of hope.
  

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Review: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

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when people talk of nostalgia for the gritty NY of the 70's, this should be required reading. i loved it. Read full review

Review: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

User Review  - Kapara - Goodreads

Very nice book, which really puts you in New York on the eve of election day. The author writes good expositions and dramatic scenes, and makes very good use of newspaper archives from the period. My ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
33
Section 3
44
Section 4
67
Section 5
72
Section 6
88
Section 7
114
Section 8
152
Section 14
214
Section 15
237
Section 16
257
Section 17
260
Section 18
299
Section 19
310
Section 20
315
Section 21
325

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
175
Section 12
187
Section 13
206
Section 22
334
Section 23
341
Section 24
355
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About the author (2006)

Jonathan Mahler is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.

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