The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the fall of New York



Format: Audiobook

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.25

“Public service is a noble calling, one that must be based on highest ideals.”

“The city governments of the United States are the worst Christendom – The most expensive, the most inefficient and the most corrupt. ”  Andrew D. White

“A man hires a prostitute to use her body a man hires a lawyer to use his brain and knowledge of the law. I don’t know which man gets the better deal” – Henry La Guardia

Robert Moses had a vision and would persevere to make sure his vision was accomplished. I feel the Caro must have spent years researching this.  I will say that you can tell Caro must not have cared for Robert Moses very much, but you can tell he still respected him.  That is not the normal layout for a biography.

Someone said of Moses “A brilliant guy with a highly defected character”

Large-scale Public Works shape a city for generation

Moses served the City for over 50 years.  He was always sharp and early in his career he would draft bills that people would push through and give him great amounts of authority.  Moses loved the power. He never really cared when different Governors were elected because they came and went. But Moses was the steadfast force.  He shaped New York city it to most of what we know today.  He built road, parks, bridges, and when he learned you could place a toll on them he was making the city some serious money.

This was a lengthy book and covers 60+ years of a man’s life.  And not a normal man but one who was always working, thinking, and doing.




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