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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Urban studies & biography) [Paperback]

Robert A. Caro
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1 Nov 2004 Urban studies & biography
One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today.

In revealing how Moses did it--how he developed his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government, one that could bring to their knees Governors and Mayors (from La Guardia to Lindsay) by mobilizing banks, contractors, labor unions, insurance firms, even the press and the Church, into an irresistible economic force--Robert Caro reveals how power works in all the cities of the United States. Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He personally conceived and completed public works costing 27 billion dollars--the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known. Without ever having been elected to office, he dominated the men who were--even his most bitter enemy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, could not control him--until he finally encountered, in Nelson Rockefeller, the only man whose power (and ruthlessness in wielding it) equalled his own.

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  • Paperback: 1246 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; later Printing edition (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394720245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394720241
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO'S ROBERT MOSES? 12 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Robert Moses dominated NYC. Mr.s Caro's Book tells how. THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR ALL POLITICAL JUNKIES. No stone is left unturned is this telling biography. No tidbit left to random chance. I read this great BIG book for weeks and was taken back in time to early new york city. I came to understand how NYC works. I realized that their is such a thing as unsatisfied greed. Their's nothing some people won't do for power and more power and Robert Moses was one of those people. Instructive also in the transformation of Robert Moses from young Idealist to ruthless Dominator. Instructive on how public works programs work. City politics shown as it really is. Alexis Tocueville would be stunned be America's failure of democracy. I know I was. A great, great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book on politics and power 24 July 1997
By A Customer
Robert Caro has written an absolutely fascinating and engaging biography of RobertMoses. While many Americans have never heardof Moses, his influence for over 50 years inNew York City and elsewhere remains felt today.Although massize in size and scope -- much likeMoses himself -- Caro's book reads like a novel. A must for anyone interested in cities,politics, or power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Moses as Darth Vader 30 Dec 1997
By A Customer
I read Caro's sweeping biographical masterpiece when it first came out in hardcover back in the 1970s. I was swept away by it. I recommended it to all then, and still do.
Growing up in NYC, I was taught that Moses was the perfect civil servant, selflessly dedicated to improving the standard of living of New Yorkers through massive public works projects. Caro's book adds more than a bit of detail and a whole new perspective to the schoolboy myth.
Reflecting on the book, and Caro's recent New Yorker article (describing his interviews with RM and his perceptions of the man) it struck me how much RM, like the movies' Darth Vader, started out with the best of intentions. But somewhere along the line, he lost his way. His monomaniacal devotion to building incredibly large and complex public works made him lose sight of their short term and long term impact on the people those projects were to serve.
In the end RM was guilefully and pitifully stripped of his powers by Nelson Rockefeller, who was no Luke Skywalker. Unlike Darth Vader however, RM was never redeemed.
Read this and Caro's ongoing biography of Lyndon Johnson. All highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Worth the Time Investment 20 April 1999
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The Power Broker is the sort of book that most people are reluctant to actually pick up and read despite its wonderful reputation because of its gargantuan size. Much of the book reads like a novel, however, and holds attention like a novel - you'll want to know what happens next. Caro's bias towards his subject, which he does little to hide, can be offputting at times. Most readers will come to be persuaded by the mountain of information he provides about who Robert Moses was and what he did. It's a nonfiction book that engages you emotionally. Those who take an interest in city politics or just NYC generally are quite certain to enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book. 29 Jun 1998
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Probably one of the best books I have ever read in my life. If you have more than a passing interest in cities, urban planning, or politics and power, you'll likely love this book. I found it totally engrossing. Moses was a deeply flawed genius, and it is tragic (although gripping) to see how he became much of what he loathed as a young man, all in the name of "getting things done".
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of life's force's of nature. 10 Mar 2014
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I have never written a review for anything in my life but I will make an exception for Caro's epic. I have just finished it. It is brilliant.

I must confess that as of three years ago, I had never heard of Robert Moses. This is a difficult confession to make for a person who views themselves as knowing more than most about history. The confession is all the more difficult when Caro lists, as he does in the preface, Moses' list of achievements: builder of the Triborough Bridge, the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, the Veranzano Narrows Bridge, Jones Beach and their stunning Bathhouses, the United Nations building and the chicanery involved in bringing that prestigious organisation to New York, the Throgs Neck, Bronx-Whitestone bridges, the Long Island Expressways and the complete opening up, to the poor of New York City, of the land and beaches of Long Island. Then there were the playgrounds, more than 250 of them, which Moses constructed in New York City alone.

Who was this man? He was a Jew at a time when being Jewish meant being excluded (he was excluded from his university's fraternity solely on this basis) and being on the periphery of social acceptance by the aristocracy. He was extremely intelligent and a possessor of his mother's (and grandmother before her) fierce self-righteousness and self-belief. He alone knew what was right and he would make sure that what he thought was right for the city, what he was sure was right for the city, would be done come hell or high-water, over the heads of objecting home-owners (whom he derided as 'crackpots') or uneasy politicians (whom he advised to take up a new profession if their conscience worried them).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The complete book about political power
It is the best book I have read and I read a lot. Despite its 1100 pages I didn't lose interest at any time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Beren
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great book
I didn't know who Robert Moses was, now I do, and everything abut him. He was a fantastic character. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Francis Xavier Hynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
This book charts this extraordinary story in a comprehensive, awesome way.
Gripping, despite its hugeness , it's almost not put down-able.
Published 9 months ago by MrC Fox-Geen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very,very,very detailed book, would recomend
perfect on time delivery. i havent finished the book but i am writing an essay on Robert Moses, and i would definitely recomend this one, well there arent many books out there... Read more
Published 19 months ago by KVO
5.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale
I had never heard of Robert Moses but was attracted by the author whose first three volumes of the LBJ biography are superb. [I can't wait for the final volume. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Meticulously researched, however, a bit too detailed
The underlying facts of this book were obviously meticulously researched by the author. However, in my opinion, the work is a little too long - about 3 or 4 hundred pages could... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful view of power
There were times in reading this book that I felt as if I were actually being pushed aside. Pushed aside in the name of progress, pushed aside by an ego, pushed aside by a... Read more
Published on 10 July 1998
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