Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York

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Kenneth Ackerman, Oct 7, 2011 - New York (N.Y.) - 440 pages
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William Magear Tweed, America's most corrupt politician ever, ruled New York City in the 1860s and 1870s. He rigged the votes, bribed the legislature, and stole on a massive scale. But even in prison, people still loved and admired him. Tweed's is a stunning tale of pride, fall, and redemption. Editorial Reviews " An] excellent new biography of the Boss . . . told in a crisp, clear way." -Pete Hamill, New York Times Book Review "A pleasure to read." -Kenneth T. Jackson, Washington Post Book World " An] absorbing account of Tweed's rise and fall." -Michael Kenney, Boston Globe "Not only a compelling look at the colorful yet ruthless man who invented the big city political machine, it is also the gripping story of how dedicated newspapermen and zealous reformers brought down a notorious kingpin." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Skillfully tells the story of the Tammany Hall chief . . . Ackerman makes it hard not to root for the old Boss in his final days when he faces his enemies." -Jennifer Itzenson, Denver Post A thoroughgoing, rayon-smooth biography of Boss Tweed . . . A fine piece of narrative historiography for a wide public, from scholars to the lay enthusiast of New York City's political past." -Kirkus Reviews "Kenneth D. Ackerman's superbly written biography of Boss Tweed is spellbinding . . . every bit as commanding as the man himself." -Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City "Engrossing and eye-opening . . ." -New York Post

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

Once again I’m filling my unquenchable thirst for New York City history. This is an excellent biography of the blatantly corrupt William M. Tweed written in a way that sometimes makes me feel ... Read full review

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User Review  - JustAGirl - LibraryThing

The story of Boss Tweed, one of the greatest political swindlers of all time, and how the New York Times and a cartoonist named Thomas Nast brought him down makes for a real page-turner of a book ... Read full review



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Other books by Kenneth D. Ackerman include (a) YOUNG J. EDGAR: Hoover and the red Scare, 1919-1920; (b) DARK HORSE: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield, and (c) THE GOLD RING: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday 1869.

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