The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life

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Encounter Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
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In this first post-9/11 account of the career of the man who established himself as "America's Mayor" in those dark days, Fred Siegel shows how Rudy Giuliani's successes in New York--restoring law and order, cutting taxes and radically reducing the welfare rolls--demonstrated that Gotham was indeed "governable" (a matter of doubt until his election) and that our major cities might again become vibrant and dynamic places to live after thirty years of middle-class flight. Someone who has worked with Giuliani as well as studied him, Siegel describes this colorful figure as an "immoderate centrist," who, like the city he came to embody, evokes contradictory emotions--for some, a ruthless autocrat; for others, a heroic figure who took on the vested interests that had dragged the city down. Siegel regards Guiliani as a shrewd tactician and artist of the possible who could have stepped out of Machiavelli's pages.--From publisher description.

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Review: The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life

User Review  - Patrick Butler - Goodreads

Way too laudatory of Rudy but a good primer on how his mayoralty did transform a hostile,dangerous,and oftentimes plain crazy place into a safe,vibrant,and once again important place. Read full review

Review: The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life

User Review  - Karl - Goodreads

This is a great book to understanding New York City politics. Giuliani cleans up New York City by standing up against institutionalized bureaucracy, mafia run businesses and taking on crime. Lastly, the book discusses how New York came together on 9/11. Read full review

Contents

Mayors and Mores in the Ungovernable City
1
David DinkinsVision
15
Failure and Ferment
35
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Fred Siegel is a professor of history at The Cooper Union for Science and Art in New York City and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington.

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