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A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic

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How did a scrawny black kid—the son of a barber and a domestic who grew up in Harlem and Trenton—become the 106th mayor of New York City? It’s a remarkable journey. David Norman Dinkins was born in 1927, joined the Marine Corps in the waning days of World War II, went to Howard University on the G.I. Bill, graduated cum laude with a degree in mathematics in 1950, and marri ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by PublicAffairs (first published August 6th 2013)
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Emily Joy Jones
Jun 14, 2014 Emily Joy Jones marked it as to-read
Listening to Mr. Mayor as I type. He's a walking history book. Loving it!!
J.M.
Of course I'm biased. Yes, he's a friend. But I truly see this book as an excellent lesson in NYC history, from a perspective that no one will get from a typical history book.

The story is sprinkled with Mayor Dinkins' whit and charm. You'll be surprised by how human the politics are behind the scenes.

For children who aspire to greatness, this book will give them hope and a road map to follow, enabling them to learn how to succeed with dignity and character. Mayor Dinkins is a wonderful role mo
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Jgknobler
A very lucid and entertaining account of Dinkin's upbringing and rise to power, with a discussion of his many initiatives and the many forces contributing to his success and his eventual loss to Giuliani.
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