The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outs ...more
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Midway through adolescence, I began wondering a bit which life event would finally make me feel like an adult. Of course I had the usual teenaged hypotheses, and acted accordingly to test some of them out. Getting drunk? Having sex? Driving a car? Going to college? None of these things did make me feel grownup; in many instances, their effect was the opposite. I had a brief thrilling moment of maturity when I voted for the first time at ...more
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For forty-four years Robert Moses through the control of different institutions, often whose formal authorities he had designed and drafted into legislation, created a power base that enabled him to escape the constraints laid upon bureaucrats and elected officials and to stamp his vision upon the developing city of New York.
If the Bonfire of the Vanities is the shock book of 1980s New York then The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York tells ...more
They say that biographers identify with their subject, and Robert Caro was not untouched by the megalomania that drove Robert Moses. The worst problem was his tendency to belabor his points, as if his readers were slightly dim and couldn't be trusted to get a point the first time, or remember it. How many times should it be necessary to say that the West Side Highway would cut off New Yorkers' ac ...more
If there is one book you want read besides a religious book, I would make this that book.
We all have ideas, and very few of us ever even get to create a vision, but unless you have power it will go no where. For example, Steve Jobs didn't get Apple to be #1 because they out innovated others. It was because he had power. If you want to understand power, read this book, since it is so well written and researched. You get the feeling that Caro knew Moses better than he.
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Something about Caro's writing is really irritating me, and I can't put my finger on it. The characters thus far are awesome, though. I wish I had more time to be putting into it :/.
2013-09-13 picked this back up a few days ago, after reading Caro's LBJ books last year. started over from the beginning. really wondering how Caro is going to justify the remaining ~500 pages, though the first 500 were pretty damn good.
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Very proud to join the club of people who can say they read it.
Most memorable sections for me: the decision to run the West Side Highway and Henry Hudson Bridge through a pristine forest, the way the BQE was rammed through 3rd Avenue when 2nd Avenue might have been much better, FDR's nixing of a Brooklyn-Battery BRIDGE, the disgraceful way Robert Moses treated his brother, and of course East Tremont. And the realization that for the middle decades of the 20th cent ...more
The introduction should be required for anyone who has lived in New York. The wealth of knowledge within just the first chapter provides the reader with eye-opening insight into the accomplishments of ...more
bio of the public works titan, Robert Moses. Caro, the author, who won a Pulitzer Prize for this, and became much better known through his series on LBJ, deserves all the accolades he receives. He has spent his career as a writer profiling people who amass power, documenting what they are willing to do to acquire, wield, maintain, and ultimately lose power--- in this regard Moses is as an apt a subject as LBJ.
Moses was pushed into government service by h ...more
The Power Broker portrays the life and deeds of Robert Moses, perhaps the most important person you’ve never heard of, and through that story, much of the history of New York City in the 20th century. As Caro’s extraordinary research and sparkling prose reveals, Moses was the most powerful man in New York City for fifty years, and the man who more than any other shaped the physical and social geography of New York and the surrounding region. He was brilliant, ruthless, cruel, and above all, a ma...more
Unlike LBJ, whose achievements Caro admires despite the flaws in the man, Moses is a figure whose personality and achievements are described as failu ...more
Caro has also written four biographies on Lyndo ...more