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  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "The best biography I have ever heard."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Power Broker the most enjoyable?

    I cannot believe that a story of this magnitude and importance has never gained prominence on a popular level.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I loved about this story is the fact that it is about how one man, an (unelected) public official, changed the face of New York politics and civil engineering, and in the course of this pursuit, changed the face of how America's roads are conceived and built. So much of how we live is dependent on the roads that surround us, and, on Long Island especially, Robert Moses is the single unifying figure in the formation of our modern highway system.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to the man before, but his narration was efficient and excellent.


    If you could give The Power Broker a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The most important story that no one ever talks about.


    Any additional comments?

    Jesus Christ this book is good. At certain points you can feel yourself slipping into disbelief, but Caro backs all of his assertions up with cold hard facts. Granted, I haven't done the independent research, but I have to assume that a book as heavily annotated as this is as accurate as it can possibly be. This should be required reading for students in any number of disciplines from political science to history to engineering. A truly ground-shattering work of genius.

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