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The prince of the city : Giuliani, New York, and the genius of American life /
Fred Siegel, with Harry Siegel.
imprint
San Francisco, CA : Encounter Books, 2005.
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xv, 386 p.
ISBN
1594030847 (alk. paper)
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imprint
San Francisco, CA : Encounter Books, 2005.
isbn
1594030847 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5428043
 
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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) and that our major cities might again become vibrant and dynamic places to live after thirty years of middle-class flight. Someone who has worked with Giuliani as well as studied him, Siegel describes this colorful figure as an "immoderate centrist," who, like the city he came to embody, evokes contradictory emotions. For some, he was a ruthless autocrat during his years at city hall; for others, he was a heroic figure who took on the vested interests that had dragged the city down. Siegel regards Giuliani as a shrewd tactician and artist of the possible who could have stepped out of the pages of Machiavelli's The Prince. A self-promoting, self-absorbed man, the mayor made his own enormous ego serve the city's well-being. He promoted the virtues of duty and sacrifice, but was sometimes unable to honor these values in his personal life. He was suspicious of those outside his immediate circle, but he also placed this tribal ethos in the service of ideals that transcended New York's ethnic politics and business as usual. The Prince of the City is at once a fascinating character study, a history of New York over the last forty years, and a classic inquiry into the issue of how cities thrive or die. Siegel's story culminates with a dramatic account of September 11, 2001, revealing how Giuliani's eight years in office had prepared him and the city to rise to this tragic occasion. Siegel concludes with a look at how Giuliani's successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has handled his legacy and at what the future might hold for America's Mayor.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-12-01:
Even before the September 11, 2001 tragedy catapulted him onto the international stage, Rudy Giuliani had made his mark as the mayor who had governed New York effectively after it had gained a reputation as being an "ungovernable city." Siegel, an accomplished historian with an intimate understanding of and appreciation for his home city, has written a gripping narrative of Giuliani's eight years (1994-2001) as New York's chief elected executive. The account engagingly portrays how Giuliani made things happen, ranging from Giuliani the man to Giuliani the politician to Giuliani the policy innovator. Siegel skillfully employs Machiavelli's many maxims in his interpretation. What Mike Royko did to teach about Richard Daley the elder's style in Chicago (see Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago, 1971), Siegel has now done in the case of Rudy Giuliani. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. E. T. Jones University of Missouri--St. Louis
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Booklist, June 2005
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Wall Street Journal, June 2005
New York Times Book Review, July 2005
Choice, December 2005
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Summaries
Long Description
Siegel writes the first comprehensive account of the successful, "America's Mayor," Rudi Giuliani: a colorful, contradictory, and immoderate centrist who prepared his city to come together after the tragedy of 9/11. Acting as a character study, a history of New York over the last forty years, and an insight into how cities function, Siegel's book was named by Peter Jennings as one of the 100 most important books about the United States in the 20th Century.
Long Description
The Prince of the City is at once a fascinating character study of one of America's most charismatic public figures, a history of New York over the last forty years, and a classic inquiry into the issue of how cities thrive or die. Siegel's story culminates with a dramatic account of September 11, 2001, revealing how Giuliani's s eight years in office had prepared him and the city to rise to this tragic occasion and how in the aftermath of the attack he became America's Mayor. Siegel concludes with a look at how Guiliani's successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has handled his legacy and at what lies in Guiliani's political future.
Main Description
Siegel writes the first comprehensive account of the successful, 'America's Mayor', Rudi Giuliani: a colourful, contradictory, and immoderate centrist who prepared his city to come together after the tragedy of 9/11. Acting as a character study, a history of New York over the last forty years, and an insight into how cities function.
Unpaid Annotation
In this first comprehensive account of the career of "America's Mayor," Fred Siegel shows how Rudolph Giuliani's successes in New York-restoring law and order, cutting taxes and radically reducing the welfare rolls-demonstrated that cities might again become vibrant and dynamic places to live after thirty years of middle-class flight. Someone who has worked with Giuliani as well as studied him, Siegel sees this colorful figure as an immoderate centrist who, like the city he came to embody, evokes contradictory emotions. A self-promoting, self-absorbed man, he made his own enormous ego serve the city's well-being. He promoted the virtues of duty and sacrifice, but was sometimes unable to honor these values in his personal life. He was suspicious of those outside his immediate circle, but he also placed this tribal ethos in the service of ideals that transcended New York's ethnic politics and business as usual. The Prince of the City is at once a fascinating character study, a history of New York over the last forty years, and an insight on how cities function. The story that Siegel tells culminates with an account of September 11, 2001, showing how Giuliani's eight years in office had prepared him and the city to rise to the occasion. Siegel concludes with a look at how Giuliani's successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has handled his legacy.
Table of Contents
New York Before Giuliani
Giuliana Takes Charge
The Second Term
9/11 and After
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