A Kind of Genius: Herb Sturz and Society's Toughest Problems

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ReadHowYouWant.com, May 21, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 456 pages
InA Kind of Genius, Sam Roberts offers a window onto Herb Sturz’s extraordinary life’s work. Sturz began his long career in social entrepreneurship by reforming the bail system and founding the Vera Institute of Justice. He served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice under Ed Koch and then as Chairman of the City Planning Commision. He moved on to establish affordable inner-city housing and programs for at-risk individuals. But Sturz has, to date, largely eschewed the public’s eye.Roberts pays tribute to Sturz’s inspirational legacy of accomplishment. His initiatives have consistently provided solutions to our most challenging problems. Here, for the first time, his astonishing story is told in full.
 

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In what is both a biography and an appreciation of his subject's achievement, Roberts (New York Times; The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case) brings our attention to a pioneer of social ... Read full review

Contents

Only Connect
3
Boys Life Goes to Jail
19
The Feminine Form of True
31
Veras Bailiwick
45
Summons to the Bowery
86
Beyond the Bowery
111
The Wildcats Strike
136
In the Summer of Sam
168
Planning the Visionary City
245
The LongestRunning Joke in New York
267
The New Times Square
293
A Planner Faces Reality
309
A Winters Tale at the Bonfire of the Vanities Chapter 16 As Long As Im Doing Something That
329
Matters
357
Always Connect
377
Acknowledgments
392

Politics and Poker
185
The Process Broker
231
Front Cover Flap
406
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Sam Roberts is a New York Times reporter and host of NY-1's cable talk show New York Close-Up. He lives in Manhattan with his family.

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