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The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
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Mar 13, 12

it was amazing

I don't have enough superlatives for this book. I read it over about three months just after moving to New York and it's packed with interesting city history. But ultimately it's about the rise and fall of Robert Moses and about the nature of political power. In certain ways, I felt, despite the incredible detail, Moses remained a cypher. You get the sense that even as he was lying and manipulating he felt like he was doing the right thing for the city. It was hard to get a picture of what was really going on in his head, did he ever question himself? Doubt? As a flawed figure, he seemed just as much a myth as when he was lionized.

Still, it was a striking portrait.

Utterly readable for a twelve hundred page book about bureaucratic machinations.
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Sherry Leffert Good review.


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