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Eric

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jonathan Mahler
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    By early 1977, the metropolis was in the grip of hysteria caused by a murderer dubbed “Son of Sam”. And on a sweltering night in July, a citywide power outage touched off an orgy of looting and arson that led to the largest mass arrest in New York’s history. As the turbulent year wore on, the city became absorbed in two epic battles: the fight between Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo for the city’s mayoralty. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts - one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city - was the subtext of race.

    Walter says: "As it was in 1977 NYC. I know as I was there too."
    "kind of all over the place"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Mahler and/or David Ledoux?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Mahler? Why or why not?

    Possibly, but with a different narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Ledoux?

    Someone who can pronounce the word "American" (he says "Amaaaaarican" about a thousand times throughout the book and it drove me crazy). Plus he and/or his editor did a poor job, as he mispronounced a few names or just plain mis-read a few things (Vitas Gerulaitis, Kool Herc, etc).


    What character would you cut from Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning?

    The chapters on the mayoral race grew tiresome. Should have spent more time on the culture of the city (art, music, etc) and how it affected the mood of the time.


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