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!
This book is a journey- and I still feel like it could have been longer. Robert Moses was a true genius- an evil genius for sure, but his genius can't be denied. Characters like Moses rarely go unnoticed in history, and I feel my understanding of the world at large has deepened in hearing this story.
While I appreciate the breadth and depth of the story, the audio book was quite long. Regardless, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever traveled on a modern highway, visited the city of New York, or appreciates the machinations of politics and power.