A Prayer for the City
In 1990, Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights became an acclaimed bestseller and national sensation, igniting immediate debate about the role of high school football in small-town Texas. Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist does for big cities what he did for small towns in this epic story of one remarkable politician's efforts to save a dying American City.
Linda Morrison is a city-employed policy analyst who believes urban life can improve if the mayor embraces unprecedented change. But will Rendell havethe courage? Will she be able to sustain her love for the city, or will the pressures of crime and taxes drive her away?
Mike McGovern is a prosecutor whose anger at the urban violence of the city fuels his drive for justice. As he questions the personal cost of what he does, he faces one of his toughest trials, seeking life imprisonment for a teenager charged with murder.
Fifi Mazzccua is an elderly woman from the inner city raising four great-grandchildren while faithfully visiting her son in prison and hoping she'll live to see the day when he is freed.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lauralkeet - LibraryThing
In 1991, Philadelphians elected Ed Rendell mayor. The city was a mess on so many levels, but Rendell was both optimistic and fearless. A Prayer for the City covers his first term in office, in which ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - znoyce - LibraryThing
I am being entirely sincere when I say that this is currently my favorite book. Inspirational at times. Heartbreaking at others. You don't have to love Philadelphia to love this book, but you just might be in love by the end. Read full review