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Caro - The Power Broker (Full and Light) - Download as PDF File .pdf) or read online. The New Yorker, July 22 to August 19 , Full Article about Robert. Everywhere acknowledged as a modern American classic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest books. very top edge of the park—was to keep on the way it had been going. If the location of that one mile of expressway was puzzling on maps when Moses first.
Portrayed as an arrogant bastard,Moses and his insatiable hubris purportedly wreaked irreparable damage on the city and precipitated its fall from glory and transformation into a bankrupt, decaying hulk. Not only did Caro's monumental volume go through twenty-seven printings by , it won both the Pulitzer Prize for biography and the Society of American Historians' Francis Parkman Prize, awarded to works of history that achieve literary distinction.
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To the growing number of city dwellers opposed to the meat ax of highway programs slashing through neighborhoods and the bulldozers of urban renewal, it became a sacred text second only to Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities Those dedicated to preserving the inherited urban fabric had found their savior in Jacobs; Caro recorded the fall from paradise of their Satan.
Together Jacobs and Caro established the Manichaean scenario that has influenced urban policy debates ever since. Caro owed his success in part to fortuitous timing.
The Power Broker appeared in the wake of the Watergate scandal, when investigative reporting aimed at toppling the powerful was at high tide. A disenchanted and cynical public was primed to enjoy hatchet attacks on the reputations of public officials.
The Power Broker's publication also coincided with the much-publicized burning and abandonment of the South Bronx and the [End Page ] city's slide into financial disaster. Rather than blaming themselves for selfishly blocking subway fare increases necessary for improving service, for electing successive amiable but ineffectual mayors, and for advocating a social policy agenda that they could not or would not adequately fund,New Yorkers could, courtesy of Robert Caro, agree on a scapegoat for their city's problems, targeting an irascible old man who had overstayed his welcome in public office.
Instead of recognizing that older central cities across the nation no longer suited the lifestyle of a majority of Americans and that New York City was no longer the preferred mecca for youngsters seeking their fortune, New Yorkers could take solace that their city's relative fall from grace was an aberration, not an inevitability.
It was not preordained by larger social forces, but the product of Robert Moses' misdeeds. New York City had been stabbed in the back, and Robert Moses was the assassin. Smith and Franklin D.
Lindsay and Nelson Rockefeller. But The Power Broker is first and foremost a brilliant multidimensional portrait of a man—an extraordinary man who, denied power within the normal framework of the democratic process, stepped outside that framework to grasp power sufficient to shape a great city and to hold sway over the very texture of millions of lives.
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We see how Moses began: How, rebuffed by the entrenched political establishment, he fought for the power to accomplish his ideals. How he first created a miraculous flowering of parks and parkways, playlands and beaches—and then ultimately brought down on the city the smog-choked aridity of our urban landscape, the endless miles of never sufficient highway, the hopeless sprawl of Long Island, the massive failures of public housing, and countless other barriers to humane living.
How, inevitably, the accumulation of power became an end in itself. Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He was held in fear—his dossiers could disgorge the dark secret of anyone who opposed him.
He was, he claimed, above politics, above deals; and through decade after decade, the newspapers and the public believed. He dominated the politics and politicians of his time—without ever having been elected to any office.
He was, in essence, above our democratic system. This is how he built and dominated New York—before, finally, he was stripped of his reputation by the press and his power by Nelson Rockefeller.
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But his work, and his will, had been done. A monumental work, a political biography and political history of the first magnitude.
This is definitive biography, urban history, and investigative journalism. This is a study of the corruption which power exerts on those who wield it to set beside Tacitus and his emperors, Shakespeare and his kings. There has probably never been a better dissection of political power.
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From the first page.A park commissioner must have a cold heart on a balmy day at Jones Beach not too pleased to be recognized by a few Beach aficionados, or perhaps in the Central Mall restaurant to get a friendly glance of the eye and even a wet smack from one of those nice middle-aged ladies who fancy they owe him something.
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A majestic, even Shakespearean, drama about the interplay of power and personality.