An astonishing and and deep understanding of the evolution of New York City and how Moses shaped it. Caro paints a detailed portrait.
Well worth the listen
The audible iOS app is not equal to the task of keeping me oriented in this large book. Instead the experience became a maze of
- Book chapters,
- "Parts" in the text (of which there are seven),
- Audible download units (of which there are ten), which are also called "Parts" and
- Audible seekable bookmarks, which are also called "chapters". I think there are anywhere between 1-3 audible chapters per book chapter, but I'm not sure.
There are also important maps and illustrations in this book that don't seem to be available to the audible listener in any way. Unless you have commuted New York City all your life, you're going to need those maps.
Just a regular guy that really likes audio books
The book was recommended by a friend and it was absolutely great. This is not for the light weight skimmer it has details and by the truck load it literally takes you to the era and carries you from year to year!
This is a brilliant book, and I can't stop quoting it. I've learned something about every possible topic as well. The narrator's delivery was great, authoritative like Robert Moses himself.
If you are interested in the history of New York's parks and roads this tells the epic story of the single person who had the most influence over those public works for nearly 50 years with so much power and authority in a way that will likely never be possible again. It is a story of a remarkable person both good and bad. The accomplishments were amazing and so were the casualties of those accomplishments.
This tome is no small task, so be prepared to sink a significant amount of time into this.
One of the greatest books I have ever read and will ever read.
Pro tip: Listen to the audiobook while reading a physical copy of the book. I found it helps.
And I am so glad. As a person who works with state and city governments. And as a student of public policy. And a witness to power and influence, this is an indispensable book. As a former resident of New York City, this book is a triumph of historic biography, urban history, policy history. Truly amazing. The things this man created. The way he maneuvered, good and bad. Truly a powerhouse.
So proud to finish! Worth every minute!
The audio book downloaded in 10 parts, all labelled inconsistently, difficult to determine which order to play them in, inconvenient and annoying. The audio book should be one file. Other lengthy audio books are a single, manageable file. Why not this one?
Well written and a wonderful narration. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is a massive book to listen to, but for anyone interested in how to learn from mistakes and build a base of power there is no better book to listen to!!!
How Robert Moses learned from his mistakes and built a incredible power base that spanned decades. A shame for New York!
Thoroughly enjoyed Mr Dean's performance! Excellent
Impossible to listen to in one sitting!
Highly recommend, if you want a lesson on political history of New York at the same time of learning how to acquire power!