This audiobook is one of the best ever. The narrator was simply wonderful. I listened at 1.5x playback speed, which for me was perfect.
There is simply nothing better than a great narrator reading a wonderful book to you!
Robert Caro is a master author.
This book should be required reading in college political science classes as a classic study of political power. Moses' life spanned decades during critical development of NYC. Moses was good and bad.
If you are a New Yorker or visit New York City often, this book is a must. And, if you just like a damn good story, this is it.
I purchased this for my husband because he has always been interested in history. He had just finished the book by the same author, Robert Caro, about Lyndon B Johnson....not someone he cared for. He found this very interesting also and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Definitely would recommend this book.
Non Fiction Listener but huge Liar in my regular life
The most thoroughly researched book I have ever read. The idea that someone was able to sit down and write it feels like a superhuman task. The story of a civil servant shaping a city and its history, though he was so much more, really demonstrates how history told from various view points gives the listener a better sense of the true history of the time
His friendship with Al Smith, his opposite in every way
Hollywood doesn't have the depth to turn this in to a movie and if they did they would butcher it. This is a audiobook for a person who is patient enough to get through a long detailed story
Don't be put off by the size, the chapters are pretty self contained and you won't have to wait 20 hours for the payoff.
As a native New Yorker who has spent an off a lot of time on the highway's bridges and arterial roadways of the metropolitan area I have often marveled at what must've gone into the design, planning and construction of these structures I couldn't help but wonder what kind of mind was behind all of this. After reading this book I have a pretty good idea of the mind of the man who made this all happen...often at the detriment of the public that these projects would ultimately serve.
This book, which must've been an undertaking of monumental proportion, was fascinating from beginning to end. Often, books of this links and subject tend to be a bit dry. However, the author made this story of this extraordinarily complex and fascinating man absolutely riveting! I have read many books in my life…but this book very well might be one of the best I have ever read.
Rarely do books this long hold my attention, especially if I was reading it in print. However, this book is a brilliant expose on the history of New York City through the life and work of Robert Moses. Robert Caro's exhaustive attention to detail makes this book a classic worthy of attention and reading.
Just a fantastically broad and entertaining and insightful book. You will learn a lot, you will be furious at the man, you will even feel sorry for him. It's like a Shakespearean play but true.
Definitely. If you ever want to know the meaning of the word POWER, you found it. This is a book where writing a long story rather than a short one was worth every word! Not only will you revisit history (in a lot of detail) but more importantly, will see the implementation and execution of power in a non-traditional environment.
Moses, no doubt!
He is able to incorporate "life" to an already well written book.
Persevere to triumph!
Basically, if you love Caro's LBJ's books, you'll love "The Power Broker" (and vice versa). Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson's backgrounds were completely different, but both men wielded power in similar ways -- ruthlessly and effectively. Both were capable of great compassion and great cruelty. People who tried to stop them were crushed. And the press excused them over and over again until their destructive ways could no longer be excused or concealed. Caro is brilliant, but he really doesn't know how to edit information. The book was 1,300 pages (66 hours) but even that was cut down from its original 1,700+ pages, and you get the distinct impression that it could have been 3,000 pages or more if Caro could have sold a book that long. Caro, like this book's subject, doesn't really know when to stop. While I appreciate all the detail, the slow pace gets tiresome after awhile. Like most people, Moses's most interesting years were the early ones. As the story goes on, he simply acquires more and more power as he transforms from an anti-corruption idealist to a thoroughly corrupt demagogue of the worst kind -- the kind who cannot be voted out of office. The last 20 hours or so are simply painful to listen to. Moses's claims to be apolitical and always acting in the interest of the taxpayer is revealed to be, in Caro's devastating introduction, "a gigantic hoax."The book is basically an indictment of American journalism for naively believing all the lies and deceptions that people in power like Moses yield. It was only when younger reporters actually started taking a critical view of Moses's activities in the late 1950s that his reputation started to take some well-deserved hits. But Moses had been raping the taxpayer without their knowledge for 30 years by then. "The Power Broker" will make you look at your city's roads, bridges, and freeways in a different light, and make you wonder what the "Parks Commissioner" in your town was really like.
The reading by Robertson Dean was superb.
It showed how Robert Moses obsessively gained power and welded it for decades while building much of modern New York. Do you think that if Robert Moses was alive now that it would have taken a decade to rebuild the World Trade Center?
How his absolute power corrupted him. No one should have this much influence. On the other hand, New York probably would not work nearly as well today if this tyrant hadn't built it so cohesively.
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The meticulous detail and exhaustive research that is evident in Robert Caro's book, as in his LBJ series, is phenomenal. The story engenders both anger and sadness -- a brilliant man so narcissistic that his literal and figurative deafness to the ideas of others ruined America's greatest city.
Yes, with the caveat that reading through the minutiae of four decades of New York politics is very tedious.
The revenge of the people, in the person of Nelson Rockefeller, against this spoiled manchild.
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