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The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In this first post-9/11 account of the career of the man who established himself as "America's Mayor" in the dark days after America was attacked, Fred Siegel shows how Rudy Giuliani's successes in New York--restoring law and order, cutting taxes and radically reducing the welfare rolls--demonstrated that Gotham was indeed "governable" (a matter of doubt until his election ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published January 12th 2007 by Encounter Books (first published July 1st 2005)
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Mikey B.
Sep 03, 2008 Mikey B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VIVA Giuliani!!!

A riveting book about Giuliani and the transition of New York. Obviously the author is no 60's liberal and greatly admires Giuliani. One cannot but admire Giuliani's courage and adversity against all opponents - he was certainly no weathervane politician. During the reign of David Dinkins there was a headline in one of New York's rag newspapers: "Dave Do Something" - this would not happen during the Giuliani era.

This book points out well and clearly, that the solution to problem
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Ray
May 26, 2009 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even non-New Yorkers are aware of Mayor Giuliani's leadership following the attack of 9/11. But this book details much more of Giuliani's years as Mayor of N.Y. Siegel portrays the Mayor as a tireless and shrewd tactician and a visionary leader. The book shows how NY was turned around during the Giuliani years, seeing improvements in crime reduction, private housing ownership increases, welfare reduction, quality of life improvements, economy, budget, education, etc., all accomplished while bein ...more
Michael
Apr 08, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
This is a great book on the Giuliani administration and its effect on New York. The author is clearly very favorable to Giuliani and incredibly critical of prior administrations. I'm not sure whether to call it bias: from what I can tell, for decades, New York was a city falling in on itself, a prisoner of special interest groups, racial identity politics, and a sort of uber-entitlement liberalism. Giulian's policies accomplished a great deal, and whether one supports him or not, it's rather har ...more
Amanda Morris
May 09, 2007 Amanda Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful biography of Rudy Giuliani and an analysis of his era. My favorite part of the book, and the part that I think is the most powerfully written, is the ending centering around the 9/11 terror attacks. It's one of those books that makes me sigh and think of what could have been, had he been the GOP standard-bearer instead of Bush/McCain/Romney.
Dan
May 28, 2008 Dan rated it it was ok
This book was interesting because it illustrated to me Guiliani's "broken windows" policy approach to NY City problems in the early 90s -- his overhaul of the city's schools, subway and police department -- but it is an almost completely uncritical look at the mayor and SO poorly written that I subtract three stars. Also points off for his editor -- there were typos everywhere!
Karl
Oct 08, 2008 Karl rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in history and politics
This is a great book to understanding New York City politics. Giuliani cleans up New York City by standing up against institutionalized bureaucracy, mafia run businesses and taking on crime. Lastly, the book discusses how New York came together on 9/11.

Patrick Butler
Feb 23, 2012 Patrick Butler rated it liked it
Way too laudatory of Rudy but a good primer on how his mayoralty did transform a hostile,dangerous,and oftentimes plain crazy place into a safe,vibrant,and once again important place.
Joshua
Apr 27, 2008 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: nyc, biographies
A law-and-order tribute to Giuliani.
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