The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE)

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The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Robert A. Caro Robert A. Caro ↠ 5 Read Free read The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York One of the most acclaimed books of our time winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping and mis shaping of twentieth century New York city and state and makes public what few have known that Robert Moses was for almost half a century the single most powerful man of our time in New York the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban. As the families drove they could see on either side of them through gates set in stone walls or through the openings in wooden fences the beautiful meadows they had come for stretching endlessly and emptily to the cool trees beyond But the meadows and trees were not for them The gates would be locked and men carrying shotguns and holding fierce dogs on straining leashes would point eastward telling the families there were parks open to them farther along There was no shade on Northern Boulevard and the children became cranky early In desperation ignoring the NO TRESPASSING PRIVATE PROPERTY signs that lined the road fathers would turn onto the narrow strip of grass between the boulevard and the wall paralleling it and despite the dust and the fumes from the passing cars would try to picnic there But there guards were vigilant and it was never long until the fathers had to tell the kids to get back into the car Later in Oyster Bay Town and Huntington they would come to parks tiny but nonetheless parks but as they approached them they would see policemen at their entrances and the policemen would wave them on explaining that they were reserved for township residents There were the policemen shouted parks open further along Robert Caro The Power BrokerAt nearly 1200 pages of text not including endnotes and the index Robert Caro s The Power Broker is a huge book Despite its uniformly excellent uality its Pulitzer Prize is well deserved I felt every single one of those pages More than that my back started feeling the strain of hauling this around The problem is not uality Not even close The uality here is unparalleled The reason at least partly is that this is not the typical biography I am used to reading Usually if I m going to plow through a thousand pages or on a person s life that life has to be on par with Napoleon This is not about Napoleon by the way Rather the subject of Caro s intense focus is Robert MosesMoses was not a president or national leader a battlefield general a religious figure or a world historical mover and shaker Moses was never elected to public office or explored an unexplored region or climbed a mountain or mapped a river or wrestled a shark He never held his breath for than a minute or invented a new fitness routine He did not set world records for eating hot dogs on the Fourth of July He did not win the Boston Marathon the Super Bowl or the World Cup No Robert Moses s immediate impact was purely local And even though that locality happened to be New York City one of the greatest cities in the world he is still rather an unknown unless you are a student of urban planning His legacy was building parks and expressways He is remembered as the man who shaped and according to Caro destroyed at least for a time New York City But he wasn t even an architect or an engineer Rather Robert Moses was that most interesting species of mankind a bureaucratThat s right Robert Caro s The Power Broker is a 1200 page tome on the life of the ultimate functionary You want red tape You want zoning rules You want arcane statutes You want to learn everything you need to know about the semi public semi private nature of City Authorities You ve got them If you are a normal person you ve already stopped reading But that s not my intent Because The Power Broker is than Robert Moses It s the story of a cityStill Caro begins and ends with the man So who was he Well he s a little like Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation except also a terrible racist That at least is the short version But this is Robert Caro so strap in for the long version Robert Moses did not begin how he ended In the start as Caro shows the young Moses was a reformer and an idealist Born into modest wealth he attended Yale and Oxford and studied city planning When he returned to New York City from overseas he took a job trying to fix the City s patronage system Though he made little money and had little power he was tireless and undaunted and dedicated All in all he seemed a good sort The kind out to change the world for the better That all ends around page 200 Moses s talents were recognized by Belle Moskowitz an advisor to eventual New York Governor Al Smith Moses goes to Albany where he attains a talent for drafting legislation He uses that talent to craft laws creating Commissions with extremely powerful Commissioners And then he got himself appointed to those Commissions The restis a very long book Not surprisingly for a man thousands of pages deep into a multi volume Lyndon Johnson biography Caro is obsessed with the attainment and use of power To that end he structures the The Power Broke like a three act play highlighting Moses s rise to power his exercise of power and his loss of power I d like to explain what that all means in specific terms but frankly I can t Explaining Moses s career literally takes 1200 pages Oh what the heck I ll give it a try In the simplest terms Moses used his various Commissionerships imbued with authority that he wrote into the laws himself to undertake massive public projects such as Jones Beach and the Long Island Expressways In the beginning these projects were hugely popular with the public With the populace and the newspapers behind him Moses felt comfortable taking bigger risks and funding bigger projects And no one could stop him Due to the staggered terms of these various posts Moses found himself able to leverage his authority in such a way that he outlasted dozens of mayors and governors none of whom could afford to anger him From the 1920s to 1968 Moses reigned supreme as the shaper of New York City His vision of New York City became the vision of New York City He drove expressways through neighborhoods he built bridges and roads rather than subways he ran the Triborough Authority like an emperor chauffeured about in a black limousine He wasn t a crook and he never used his power to enrich himself For him the power was the juice though of course he certainly enriched hundreds and thousands of others at taxpayer expense Part of the reason why this book took me so long to read what that I had to spend so much time with Moses It can be a drag Unlike Caro s other biographical subject Lyndon Johnson Moses never used his power for a greater good He had no Great Society Instead Moses becomes a worse human with each turn of the page In the beginning at least as State Park Commissioner Moses actually worked for the common man breaking the grip on Long Island of the wealthy estate owners As time went on however Moses lost all compassion for ordinary folk lost all compassion whatsoever He seemed to exercise power only for the sake of power He did things because he had it in his mind to do them To be sure Caro s achievement and Moses s achievements need to be separated I don t want to give the impression that I didn t like The Power Broker simply because Robert Moses was an enormous ass That s not the case To the contrary The Power Broker may be the best one volume biography I ve ever read There are so many superlatives I don t know where to begin Let s start with the fundamentals the uality of the writing Caro is a great writer I don t know how to put it better than that He writes with elegance he writes with clarity and he structures his sentences and his paragraphs in such a way as to heighten the dramatic effect Caro packs in so much detail without confusing the reader that I got exhausted imagining the effort it took to maintain this style His writing is helped by his sensitivity he manages to find and inject humanity into his subjects Moses was a jerk but a human one Caro also is a master of context giving the supporting characters as much depth as the lead actor I also loved Caro s literary set pieces In most books if there s a problem to be solved by the protagonist the author would simply say here s the problem Caro is too imaginative for that He does an amazing job describing the paradigm in Robert Moses created his public works For instance early in the book Caro describes Moses s attempts to create public beaches on Long Island taking you the reader on an imagine car ride that shows you every mile of the trip illustrating the difficulties of a middle class family attempting to get to a Long Island beach in the 1930s This is where the opening excerpt came from Later in the book when Moses is trying to plow under a neighborhood for one of his expressways Caro tries to show you what that meant for the people who lived in the bulldozer s path Instead of giving you cold hard facts the number of people the number of apartments the basic demographics Caro devotes an entire chapter to one suare mile slated to be destroyed He interviews the residents describes their lives and tells of their ill fated fight against Moses This case study is an incredibly effective way to personalize the stakes between Moses the Builder and the People This dovetails with my next point Caro can explain anything And he can explain it in an interesting way making you care about stuff such as bureaucratic enabling laws and public authorities that you never thought you d be interested in He imbues this arcane field with as much excitement as is possible which is obviously relative and is careful and methodical in relating the complex interactions that gave Moses his power Finally Caro is a great researcher He conducted hundreds of interviews including hard to get face time with Moses himself This was no small thing especially in 1975 when this book was published At that time Moses was still alive and his cronies the Moses Men were a tight lipped group Indeed while The Power Broker is now a historical artifact it was once as much an expos as a traditional biography It was Caro who helped strip away the Moses myth and show how much destruction he d wrought I wasn t alive to see New York in the 70s after Moses strangled it with concrete and steel Judging it solely based on the film The Warriors it wasn t a great place One of the few problems I had with The Power Broker is that Caro didn t have enough room He crammed all his research into this one volume work instead of giving the story space to breathe as he s doing with Lyndon Johnson As such there s a lot of scrimping of certain aspects of Moses s life For instance the farther along you get the less you hear about his family life such as it was I for one would ve enjoyed elaboration on the string of mistresses Moses kept More importantly there s no Jane Jacobs Jacobs was an activist and author The Death and Life of Great American Cities who Caro once said outside this book was the only person to ever beat Moses when she helped stop his Lower Manhattan Expressway At one point Caro had an entire chapter on Jacobs Then at the behest of the editor this was removed Now there s not a single mention of Jacobs in 1200 pagesThe other issue is the constant time shifting Caro doesn t follow a strictly chronological approach Instead his method is theme based For example Caro will devote an entire chapter to a single public works project while excluding reference to all the other things going on at that time This can be a good thing for the reader as it adds these dramatic mini narratives within the book s overall arc However the result is that you might move forward several decades within a single chapter only to be thrust back in time when a new chapter begins The bottom line is that you need to pay close attention I spent much of The Power Broker loathing the petty brutishness of Robert Moses Part of the reason I wanted the Jane Jacobs chapter reinstalled was because I wanted to see Moses get his butt kicked That never happens in this book Caro writes that Moses lost his power but I don t see it that way Moses never got beat he simply got old And it s a testament to Caro s skills and fairness that by the end as Moses saw his name start to fade you actually feel a bit of sympathy for the guy Like all great builders Moses strove for immortality However by the end of his own life he must have realized that he d written his name upon the sand Most people today don t know him and I m fine with that because it would have pissed Moses off So just forget I ever mentioned him

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Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Robert A. Caro Robert A. Caro ↠ 5 Read Free read The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor He personally conceived and completed public works costing 27 billion dollars the greatest builder America and probably the world has ever known Without ever having been elected to office he dominated the men who were even his most bitter enemy Franklin D Roosevelt could not control him until he finally encountered in Nelson Rockefeller the only man whose power and ruthlessness in wielding it eualled his own. Can a book be both endlessly enthralling and gratuitously tedious simultaneously Apparently it canThey say that biographers identify with their subject and Robert Caro was not untouched by the megalomania that drove Robert Moses The worst problem was his tendency to belabor his points as if his readers were slightly dim and couldn t be trusted to get a point the first time or remember it How many times should it be necessary to say that the West Side Highway would cut off New Yorkers access to the Hudson forever The repetition of his points about Moses and power how he got it maintained it and exercised it was mind numbing It extended to little things too Numbers in the hundreds of millions don t have to be carried out to the last dollar Lists of playgrounds roads buildings and so forth were stultifying Even when Homer does it my eye glances it over it and Caro s not uite Homer and since I was listening and not reading I had to hear every single last one It was unconscionable in a book clocking over 1300 pages Megalomania Moses would have understood even as he raged over the analysis That out of the way as the ratings and reviews attest this was engrossing and a testimony to Caro s research and ability to write a story that kept drawing you on There s nothing for me to add For anyone with an interest in New York urban planning and development the sociology of power or the nature of evil it s a mandatory if lengthy read It took me two months to listen to it

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Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Robert A. Caro Robert A. Caro ↠ 5 Read Free read The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Decline that plague us todayIn revealing how Moses did it how he developed his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government one that could bring to their knees Governors and Mayors from La Guardia to Lindsay by mobilizing banks contractors labor unions insurance firms even the press and the Church into an irresistible economic force Robert Caro reveals how power works in all the cities of the United States. In early 2012 on a business trip to NYC I was driving on Long Island Expressway for the first time when an odd and seemingly unnecessary bend in the road got my curiousity Searching for the answer later in the day brought me to Robert Moses which then brought me to this book and as much as I loved this behemoth I m still trying to figure out if I m in a better place viz a viz humanity for having read itWant to read a good horror book Forget the kings of the genre in fiction Caro has served up a page turning real life horror story with a haunting over millions of people that could conceivably last forever I love New York City and the I read of this masterpiece the I found myself needing to walk away from the book sometimes for weeks at a time to deal with the subject matter Moses wasn t just a Grade A Asshole he was the Antichrist of Architecture How is it even possible that in the 20th century in one of the greatest cities in the world that one man could garner so much power and then weild it for 40 years Yes I know American politics and American politicians are a mess as they are everywhere arond the world where power is to be had but 40 YEARS Chapter after chapter of amazingly researched and detailed depictions of Moses s malfeasance makes the reader shake hisher head and wonder how this could possibly have happened And then you visit the places that Moses ruined sit in the traffic that is a direct by product of his lack of vision and you realize that the Horror of the book is something that we get to live for countless generationsCan I recommend this book I can but with a caveat The truth in the pages won t set you free At best it will break your heart at its worst you will wonder with the advances of science and the prolongation of life what is going to happen one day when the really really evil bastards of this world get to live to be 200 Can we survive that


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    The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) This is definitely the greatest book that I have ever readMidway through adolescence I began wondering a bit which life event would finally make me feel like an adult Of course I had the usual teenaged hypotheses and acted accordingly to test some of them out Getting drunk? Having sex? Driving a car? Going to college? None of these things did make me feel grownup; in many instances their effect was the opposi

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    Robert A. Caro ↠ 5 Read The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) “As the families drove they could see on either side of them through gates set in stone walls or through the openings in wooden fences the beautiful meadows they had come for stretching endlessly and emptily to the cool trees beyond But the meadows and trees were not for them The gates would be locked and men carrying shotguns and holding fierce dogs on straining leashes would point eastward telling the fami

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    The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) Download õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Robert A. Caro This is a book about powerAnd parksFor forty four years Robert Moses through the control of different institutions often whose formal authorities he had designed and drafted into legislation created a power base that enabled him to escape the constraints laid upon bureaucrats and elected officials and to stamp his vision upon the developing

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    The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) In early 2012 on a business trip to NYC I was driving on Long Island Expressway for the first time when an odd and seemingly unnecessary bend in the road got my curiousity Searching for the answer later in the day brought

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    The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) Robert A. Caro ↠ 5 Read I am neither an urban planner nor a New Yorker With that cleared up I can attempt to review this epic biography by Robert A Caro which has garnered a great deal of hype over the past 40 years Caro takes the entire life of

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    Free read The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) Robert A. Caro ↠ 5 Read Many are concerned about the monuments of the West and the East—to know who built them For my part I should like to know who in those days did not build them—who were above such trifling—Henry David Thoreau“Who’s Robert Moses?” I asked my brother after he bought this bookTo drive from my house to the city you need to take the Saw Mill Parkway across the Henry Hudson Bridge onto the Henry Hudson Parkway Tho

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    Free read The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) Robert A. Caro ↠ 5 Read Can a book be both endlessly enthralling and gratuitously tedious simultaneously? Apparently it canThey say that biograph

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    The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) Moses was a horrifying example of the idea of progress gone stupid and taking advantage of a Manifest Destiny like philosophy of urbanization His tactics in NY and so many other cities severed people from each other with scalpel looking to exacerbate class divisions So despicable that he deliberately build bridges too low to accommodate the city busses so that so the poor and especially the Blacks couldn't go out to the Long Is

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    The Power Broker Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (KINDLE) Brilliant I really don't know what to say about this book It's monumental brilliantly written and strangely enthralling I would never have believed that a book about parks highways and bridges many many of each would be so interesting Of course they all revolve around Robert Moses who is fascinating and also despicable He is howeve

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