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4.0 out of 5 stars Very,very,very detailed book, would recomend, 26 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Urban studies & biography) (Paperback)
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 about. i understand that context is a great deal of importance but i think it could of have been shorted on this i wanted to get straight to the point and the auther dragged on abit, i would say this is my only critisicm, other than that a very good read about a figure who changed the the bones of New York.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale, 2 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Urban studies & biography) (Paperback)
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.]
Up to now I had regarded the concept of "democratic accountability" as a rather esoteric demand of political anoraks. The story of Robert Moses shows what can happen when such a check does not exist. Originally an idealist, Moses acquired the blindness and deafness of the arrogance of untrammelled power. This is not a dry dusty political book but covers forty years of New York's history with all the larger than life characters who inhabited its political scene.
Caro is fair in his assessment. He praises the ambition and technical brilliance of Moses' projects but rightly condemns his pursuit of power for its own sake at the expense of other people and the viability of the city.
Don't be put off by its length. This is a marvellous and instructive read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meticulously researched, however, a bit too detailed, 9 Dec 1998
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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 have been shaved with no loss of continuity or importance. Additionally, the subject matter of the book, the planning and construction of the infrastructure of New York City, would be more appreciated by an individual who lives or has lived in the New York metropolitan area. Nevertheless, this book presents a fascinating view of power and politics, and is enjoyable reading. A co-worker of mine, who recommended this book to me, does not agree with my rating, and feels that a higher rating should be given, (I would have given 4 1/2 stars, but that option was not available).
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