Top 3. Quite simply the greatest combined work of public administration, urban planning, political biography, and big city politics ever. For any young man or woman who is considering a career in public service, read this first. It is superior to any single graduate course in public administration of political science, and provides an important tutorial on how the real world works. The audio version is wonderful
Caro's LBJ series is the only serious competitor in the field of 20th century political biography.
Spoiler alert; one example of the power of Robert Moses was how he was able to push around Governor and then President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Seems that all of the reviews are accurate. The author is a narcissist, and parts of the book are very poorly written, comically so at times. Yes, there is rampant metaphor abuse; the narration is so amateur I thought is was read by the author. That said, the story is fascinating, and the message that Lehman's failure should not have happened and would not have happened had top management been more capable and responsible or heeded the alarm bells of 2006 is persuasive. I have never worked on Wall Street, and was riveted until the end, though often annoyed by the arrogance of the author and poor writing, I recommend this Audible offering, a nice compliment to William Cohan's better offering, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street.
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