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This is Caro's examination of how one man, Robert Moses, shaped the politics, the physical structure, and even the problems of urban decline in the city and state of New York.
Winner of both the Pulitzer and Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York City and State, and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today.
Selected by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of the 20th century.
Selected byTIME magazine as one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of all time.
“Surely the greatest book ever written about a city.” —David Halberstam