There was a problem loading your book clubs. 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 … Good easy primer for an individual who shaped NYC. The achievements of one man changed the face of an entire city. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. He was never elected to anything (and his one attempt to run for office almost destroyed him by exposing his raw and ruthless personality). There is nothing that goes into detail. It's very readable as well as beautiful and I will absolutely use it in my next urban history course. The book to read to get to know Robert Moses is the Pulitzer-prize winning biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1975), which is a tome, 1348 pages, one of the great biographies, and who will bother to read it? Urban Sociology Robert Moses Reflection The World that Moses Built; Robert Moses Watching the documentary “The World that Moses Built” based on Robert Moses, was like a rollercoaster ride. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. It seems to be a very condensed biography and history of Robert Moses. Robert Caro’s monumental book makes public what few outsiders knew: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of his time in the City and in the State of New York. It makes me want to order Errol to read Caro's The Power Broker from which it admits to borrowing plenty. So much info in this easy to read graphic book. References in back point to deeper study, maybe think of this as a gateway to learning about the famous urban planner and his run in with Jane Jacobs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So here we have a book about Robert Moses, one of the most influential cityplanners, his rise to power, and in the last quarter of the book, his quarrels with Village Voice journalist Jane Jacobs, who basically saw Moses' work as dehumanising. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2017, This is a brilliant elucidation and proof of Acton's famous aphorism that power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And overall it is delivered with a very good prose, sober yet bright, faultless and elegant. Please try again. Robert A. Caro reflects on writing his classic book about Robert Moses’s influence on New York. It’s available for pre-order now. Please try again. Readers see how Moses looked down on … Here’s a fun note on the pre-history: A year ago, I had a clear vision in the space between sleep and awake of the manuscript of my new book … Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. But Caro’s skill as a biographer makes us feel sorry for Moses when his downfall finally arrives, at the hands of some maverick reporters and Nelson Rockefeller. Robert Moses was a peculiar man, initially fascinated by, of all things, the British Civil Service and how it remained incorruptible. As his engineering megalomania grew he evicted thousands of tenants and bulldozed their houses and tenements to make way for another road. Might that dynamic have been a more appropriate topic for the entire book? Gr 6 Up—This biography of urban planner Robert Moses effectively demonstrates why he was one of the most polarizing figures in New York's history. Mr Caro's book has been highly praised, and deservedly so, and regularly included in the "best of" books, namely in the worthy 100 best non-fiction books of the XXth Century, made by Time.com. At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside—national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors—the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses… I just felt underwhelmed by the experience when I flipped the last page. by Nobrow Press, Robert Moses: Le maître caché de New York. Sparkling, painterly graphics enhance this brief biography of Robert Moses the man. The story content of this book is lacking because this is more of a summary book that introduces readers to a few highlights of Moses' life and work. He was Park Commissioner because that role gave him the kind of inviolate authority that politicians could only envy. Good art. I'm not exactly sure what to make of this book, as I'm not entirely convinced the creators knew exactly where to take this biography. A very good overview, in graphic form, of Robert Moses’s career and accomplishments. Cars didn’t just fill roads, they needed to be parked in the City and at the airport. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, … Robert Moses, which I knew nothing about, seems one of those individualistic heroes (that objectivism idealizes) that fight against the status quo and "mediocrity". There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He learned a great deal from Gov Al Smith, to whom he was devoted, but unlike Smith, Moses was not a benign man. The art in this is FANTASTIC. Interesting commentary at the end about Jacobs’ and Moses’ legacy (notoriety for one, acclaim for the other, and possibly some unanticipated connections between one side of the contemporary political spectrum and NIMBY activists). I considered that maybe I just wasn’t the best audience as an American adult—it’s YA that feels almost like it’s intended for use in a lower-grade educational setting and the author is French, so maybe a European tween who wants to learn about New York is the intended audience, but it’s so riddled with inaccuracies that it wouldn’t be of actual use to them at all, even if they could enjoy it just as graphic storytelling, but then the art is so eye-heavyingly dull and the narrative so brittle and bloodless it’s hard to imagine that, either. Every even handed and succinct overview of the Great Builder. In questo volume, grazie all'ispirato tratto di Oliver … I have tried to read Caro's "The Power Broker" but I find it too daunting in a physical sense to undertake; I can't find a comfortable way to read such a heavy book. He drove his engineers and structural crews very hard and the New York bridges he built are his monuments along with the UN Building and the Lincoln Centre. 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