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The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
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Jun 21, 12

it was amazing
Read from May 29 to June 21, 2012 — I own a copy

It would be impossible to sum up a book 1160 pages long, one that details not only the long life of a man who accomplished more than entire states over decades, but also details the intricate history of the physical and political state of New York over an 80 year period, so I won't attempt to summarize.

If you're interested in public works, or urban affairs, or state and municipal politics, or New York history, or the accumulation and loss of power, or the building of institutions, then this book is a must read.

But most of all, it's about a man. A flawed, driven man. The brilliance of this book isn't just detailing what was accomplished, but the kind of personality that could accomplish it, and Caro leads the reader to, in turns, root for Moses, hate him, and finally pity him, an old man with nothing left.

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Reading Progress

05/29/2012 page 20
1.0% "I shall not be defeated again."
05/30/2012 page 108
8.0% "A fantastic read so far, combining two of my favorite topics: power and institution building."
06/15/2012 page 560
42.0% "This should count for like 3 books"
06/20/2012 page 1000
74.0% "I'm so close the end, I can smell it. It smells like money."
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