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.

 

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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

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, Urban Affairs Correspondent of the New York Times, has written for the Times for more than two decades. Before joining the Times, he was a reporter and city editor at the Daily News. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and New York Magazine. Author and co-author of several books, he lives in New York with his wife.

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