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Learning to Govern: My Life in New York Politics, from Hell Gate to City Hall
For twelve years Peter F. Vallone was, after the mayor, the most powerful political official in New York City. This book is the story of how he got from a clubhouse in Astoria to the levers of power in City Hall-in the process overturning, with the help of the United States Supreme Court, the very structure of the city's government. It is simultaneously a chronicle of New ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Richard Altschuler & Associates, Inc.
(first published September 30th 2005)
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Nov 17, 2007 Mike Mcfarland rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the last generation of NYC politics.
I really enjoyed this book. I bought it with some wariness, figuring it would be a self-congratulatory political memoir, but while that's an element of the book it's not the dominant element. The dominant element is the evolution of the New York City Council from "The Forty Thieves" into a real municipal legislature over the course of Peter Vallone's tenure, which covered the 1970s bankruptcy crisis through the first days after 9/11 when term limits forced him from his Astoria,Queens-based seat. ...more