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

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PublicAffairs, Mar 3, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
In A 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.
 

Contents

Herbs Children
1
Only Connect
11
Boys Life Goes to Jail
25
The Feminine Form of True
35
Veras Bailiwick
47
Summons to the Bowery
81
Beyond the Bowery
101
The Wildcats Strike
121
The Process Broker
193
Planning the Visionary City
205
The LongestRunning Joke
223
The New Times Square
245
A Planner Faces Reality
257
A Winters Tale at the Bonfire
273
Something That Matters
297
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
325

In the Summer of Sam
147
Politics and Poker
163

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Sam Roberts is an urban affairs correspondent and Metro Matters columnist for the New York Times and, as such, has become something of the face and voice for the city at large. He is the author of numerous books, including The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case. Sam is frequently heard on NPR.

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