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Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics

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Michael Bloomberg is not only New York City’s 108th mayor; he is a business genius and self-made billionaire. He has run the toughest city in America with an independence and show of ego that first brought him great success—and eventually threatened it. Yet while Bloomberg is internationally known and admired, few people know the man behind the carefully crafted public ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by PublicAffairs (first published 2009)
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Xiong Jun
Nov 05, 2016 Xiong Jun rated it liked it
Would've been a better book if were about "Bloomberg the billionaire" rather than "Bloomberg the mayor"
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Jan 25, 2010 E rated it it was amazing
The inside story of a political phenomenon

Mike Bloomberg’s story ranks as one of modern business and political history’s most inspiring and instructive tales. Take an average, middle-class man with uncommon vigor. Then, imbue him with the discipline and confidence to take maximum advantage of the great opportunities he encountered in college, Wall Street and, eventually, the electrified world of New York City politics. New York Times reporter Joyce Purnick’s fluid writing style makes this portr
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Nick Meddaugh
Dec 01, 2014 Nick Meddaugh rated it it was amazing
Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics by Joyce Purnick is a great biography about one of the world's most wealthiest and influential inventor/businessman/mayor. Both the quotes and evidence provided by Purnick greatly affect how the reader feels and reacts to Bloomberg's life (usually positively). A reader senses a deeper connection to numerous moments of success and failure Michael encounters through his business and political roles. I would highly recommend this biography to anyone interested ...more
Jake
Jan 06, 2014 Jake rated it liked it
A curious book about the most power mayor in America at the time. Mike Bloomberg, billionaire politician changed New York forever, for better or for worse. His rabid dedication to finances and economics came with allegations that he was a Mayor for the rich. His public health initiatives brought allegations of creating a Nanny State. His power grab for an unprecedented third term brought allegations of being a City Boss. Bloomberg though always won re-election and this short read is a brief look ...more
Joel
May 14, 2014 Joel rated it it was amazing
A page turner. I love how Joyce builds the timeless character, and keeps coming back to him, and doesn't get lost in the details and fun stories.

I also recommend very highly Bloomberg's own inspiring and magnificent memoir, Bloomberg by Bloomberg.
Nateolson
Feb 17, 2013 Nateolson rated it it was ok
Less about Mike Bloomberg thank about New York politics and Bloomberg's place. I read it to get a sense of he rose to prominence.
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“My mother and my father both, you know, the term would be, ‘suck it up and just get on with it’; ‘don’t let bad things that happen to you stop you’; ‘you’re in control of your life,’” recalls Bloomberg. That advice is one of his sharpest childhood memories.” 0 likes
“In time Bloomberg could afford to buy back a third of Merrill’s stake and when Merrill fell on hard times in the crash of 2008, he bought back the remaining 20 percent. That gave him 92 percent of the company’s stock and set its value—at that moment—at about $20 billion.” 0 likes
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