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

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 437 pages
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Among the monumental characters who ascended to renown and influence in the history of American politics, few are more fascinating than Boss Tweed; and few working historians could record in more vivid detail his astonishing career than Kenneth D. Ackerman, who in his two previous books has established himself as an investigative historian of the first order. This vibrant, accessible, and altogether captivating new work, Boss Tweed, is a biography of the legendary figure who "bribed the state legislature, fixed elections, skimmed money from city contractors, and diverted public funds on a massive scale." During his reign at Tammany Hall and then in a variety of elected posts, including as U.S. senator, Tweed wielded almost total control over New York State and City politics, before his unparalleled zealotry and remorseless disregard for the law led to his imprisonment. Yet, as Ackerman shows, Tweed's positive political contributions have been largely overlooked. From one of the most talented new historians to have emerged in recent years comes this thrilling story of William Marcy Tweed, the master manipulator who tried to make all of New York the instrument of his own ruthless ambitions, and succeeded-for a time. Numerous historic photographs are also featured.

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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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Kenneth D. Ackerman is the author of Boss Tweed: the Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York, a biography of the infamous Tammany Hall strongman; Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of James A. Garfield; and The Gold Ring: Wall Street's Swindle of the Century and Its Most Scandalous Crash--Black Friday, 1869. He has served for more than twenty-five years in senior posts on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch and currently practices law in Washington, DC.

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