The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, … Yet this fascinating man continues to confound the reader. Good easy primer for an individual who shaped NYC. First off, there is a long, detailed, and scathing review of this book on the Amazon website (9 February 2015) by Stan Augarten. IV, The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1), Master Of The Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson), The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power; Means of Ascent; Master of the Senate; The Passage of Power, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, "Surely the greatest book ever written about a city." The book has fantastic art, that's for sure. Good art. Physically driven, he worked long days then relaxed by diving into the sea and swimming for miles. Christin does a balanced job at analyzing both sides of the character of Moses' projects, abundant in both vision and cynicism. December 23rd 2014 It seems to be a very condensed biography and history of Robert Moses. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Everything is really just touched on, really, though it is lovely to see and may whet your appetite to read a longer bio. Welcome back. Some of the visuals are really cool. It's not bad per se, just easily forgotten. I was wrong and this book fully deserves its reputation as one of the best biographies ever written. Unable to add item to List. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2017. He built vast and luxurious venues where previously there had been just sand, with building materials and leisure facilities second to none. Before publication, Caro, largely unknown at the time, dared to challenge the magazine's legendary editor, William Shawn, over his changes to Caro's … That impression was so strong that I went and read about Fountainhead, to see if there is a connection between Rand's hero and Moses and to check the dates (of Moses biography and Ay. Here’s a fun note on the pre-history: A year ago, I had a clear vision in the space between sleep and awake of the manuscript of my new book … Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But Caro’s skill as a biographer makes us feel sorry for Moses when his downfall finally arrives, at the hands of some maverick reporters and Nelson Rockefeller. Robert Moses, which I knew nothing about, seems one of those individualistic heroes (that objectivism idealizes) that fight against the status quo and "mediocrity". During the 1920s, Moses sparred with Franklin D. Roosevelt, then head of the Taconic State Park Commission, who favored the prompt construction of a parkway through the Hudson Valley. I had to restart it 3 times to get through. The story content of this book is lacking because this is more of a summary book that introduces readers to a few highlights of Moses' life and work. Please try your request again later. A dark secret spans several... To see what your friends thought of this book, Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City. Vintage; Illustrated edition (July 12, 1975). He understood structural engineering and drove his loyal (and often terrified) staff to produce blueprints and plans and costings in record time. Only problem is that it is far too heavy to carry around. ‎Robert Moses, maestro dell'architettura e dell'urbanistica, è l'uomo che ha reso la città di New York il simbolo della modernità per tutto il Novecento. So for purposes of reading, the book is an anchor to your reading chair - you can't haul it around without a knapsack, so you can't read it mobilely. I agree with the author that, practically speaking, Moses was no capitalist, but we'd do well to remember that his brand of pl. He always defended his subordinants fiercely and was contemptuous of complaints, petitions or legal challenges. Then I wound up leaving it a flight from DC to Portland last June, had to purchase another. This book explains a major component of why and how the betrayal occurred by focusing on the man who was both the cause and the victim of the betrayal, a powerful bureaucrat little known outside of metropolitan New York, Robert Moses.The book details Moses… Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The book to read to get to know Robert Moses is the Pulitzer-prize winning biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1975), which is a tome, 1348 pages, one of the great biographies, and who will bother to read it? Ask questions. Overall it was informative enough that I'd like to learn more about the connection between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, but I definitely don't feel like I have a great knowledge base about either of them. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. Interesting cartoon format, but too often the thread of the story just unraveled, like the place where Robert Moses demands that the mayor sign his new contract but the next cartoon blocks give no clue how that confrontation turned out. The achievements of one man changed the face of an entire city. —David Halberstam. A more thorough knowledge of Moses's life would have helped in understanding many of the events that were covered, or referred to. And astonishingly, (publisher please note) THERE IS NO KINDLE VERSION (publisher please note). To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. There was a problem loading your book clubs. From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan’s Financial District to the Long Island … The book to read to get to know Robert Moses is the Pulitzer-prize winning biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1975), which is a tome, 1348 pages, one of the great biographies, and who will bother to read it? The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro review – a landmark study Caro’s profile of America’s greatest town planner is monumental in its own right – a … Documentary about architect Robert Moses who is responsible for public works projects like the Lincoln Center and the United Nations in New York. Photograph: AP. There is nothing that goes into detail. Maybe some folks who read this only 105 page sketch of his life, which sort of nods at his complicated disdain for the very rich and very poor as he lay down the highway system in New York. References in back point to deeper study, maybe think of this as a gateway to learning about the famous urban planner and his run in with Jane Jacobs. Robert Caro’s monumental book makes public what few outsiders knew: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of his time in the City and in the State of New York. Since the first pages that I thought of Howard Roark, the character from Ayn Rand's Fountainhead (I only know the 1949 film, not Rand's original novel). Nice art. (Chapter 35 also gives fascinating insights into Moses). Robert Caro is one of very few authors who can entertain a reader for over 1000 long pages about a mundane topic like urban politics. Moses wrote it in response to Robert A. Caro's 1100-plus page tome about the Power Broker. Please try again. I'm not exactly sure what to make of this book, as I'm not entirely convinced the creators knew exactly where to take this biography. The story was very piecemeal and at times the language would veer into pointlessly academic. Absorbing, multi-layered portrait of a brilliant monster. It's very readable as well as beautiful and I will absolutely use it in my next urban history course. Robert Moses: the mastermind of New York. The book to read to get to know Robert Moses is the Pulitzer-prize winning biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1975), which is a tome, 1348 pages, one of the … arrrghghagh, ... for over 1000 long pages about a mundane topic like urban politics, Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018. Not sure if the author/illustrator team bit off more than they could chew, or failed to take an adequate nibble, but this book doesn't feel like a completed project. In questo volume, grazie all'ispirato tratto di Oliver … Robert A. Caro reflects on writing his classic book about Robert Moses’s influence on New York. The illustrations are incredible. The art is really spectacular, and the colors used really capture that mid-century public works aesthetic that Moses brought to his projects. Everything is really just. Well I found this to be a real ding dong of a book. I'm not sorry I read it - but it IS very long and it is about someone who was evidently quite remarkable but who is mostly memorable for having built much of the infrastructure of New York. In his early days he was an idealist, and armed with a letter of passage by the Governor, he tirelessly explored the virgin hinterland of New York, jealously guarded by the Robber Baron families who wanted to exclude the riff-raff from the wilderness and the seaside. He drove his engineers and structural crews very hard and the New York bridges he built are his monuments along with the UN Building and the Lincoln Centre. Robert Moses redefined the New York City area in the 20th Century creating most of the parkways, bridges, parks, etc in the metro area. A sort of Cliff Notes version of Robert Moses. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Balez's work is very complimentary to the time era of this book. Throughout his career his personal power was protected by foresight, and the killer clause. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. I came to this after reading Rober Caro's Working and prior to that the 4 volumes to date of his biography of Lyndon B Johnson. Again, brief and light but points you in an in. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I found the details of some of Moses' manoeuvres were a bit more than I personally found it rewarding to read. Caro’s first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, everywhere acclaimed as a modern classic, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest … Gr 6 Up—This biography of urban planner Robert Moses effectively demonstrates why he was one of the most polarizing figures in New York's history. The art in this is FANTASTIC. Robert Caro, author of 'The Power Broker', discusses his book and the legacy of Robert Moses, in this rather adversarial interview. Well I found this to be a real ding dong of a book. His connection to Jane Jacobs is touched on. Please try again. It is a crash course also on American politics. Start by marking “Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I picked up this book for the art instead of the story. Robert Moses, which I knew nothing about, seems one of those individualistic heroes (that objectivism idealizes) that fight against the status quo and "mediocrity". Interesting commentary at the end about Jacobs’ and Moses’ legacy (notoriety for one, acclaim for the other, and possibly some unanticipated connections between one side of the contemporary political spectrum and NIMBY activists). This would make an excellent complement to The Power Broker. Pretty much everything about the text within leaves much to be desired, from questionable facts and explanations of events to sentence structure and formatting. Something went wrong. Sparkling, painterly graphics enhance this brief biography of Robert Moses the man. Please try again. A monumental and engrossing work. And the last third of the narrative concerned Moses in relation to Jane Jacobs. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. It’s available for pre-order now. Take my word for it, I lugged this thing all around the world, through Europe and the USA, what a mistake that was. I considered that maybe I just wasn’t the best audience as an American adult—it’s YA that feels almost like it’s intended for use in a lower-grade educational setting and the author is French, so maybe a European tween who wants to learn about New York is the intended audience, but it’s so riddled with inaccuracies that it wouldn’t be of actual use to them at all, even if they could enjoy it just as graphic storytelling, but then the art is so eye-heavyingly dull and the narrative so brittle and bloodless it’s hard to imagine that, either. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Good short bio of the man that build New York. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside—national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors—the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses… Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. For those truly interested in a detailed account, read “The Power Broker”. Urban Sociology Robert Moses Reflection The World that Moses Built; Robert Moses Watching the documentary “The World that Moses Built” based on Robert Moses, was like a rollercoaster ride. I just felt underwhelmed by the experience when I flipped the last page. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Refresh and try again. Beautiful art, and a fascinating story I knew nothing about. Robert Moses was a peculiar man, initially fascinated by, of all things, the British Civil Service and how it remained incorruptible. The first edition of the novel was published in September 16th 1974, and was written by Robert A. Caro. So here we have a book about Robert Moses, one of the most influential cityplanners, his rise to power, and in the last quarter of the book, his quarrels with Village Voice journalist Jane Jacobs, who basically saw Moses' work as dehumanising. For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, has three times won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” In 2010 President Barack Obama awarded Caro the National Humanities Medal, stating at the time: “I think about Robert Caro and reading. Mr Caro's book has been highly praised, and deservedly so, and regularly included in the "best of" books, namely in the worthy 100 best non-fiction books of the XXth Century, made by Time.com. He planned Parkways that would enable middle-class Americans to drive to the countryside previously barred to them by the privileged. The Five Books of (Robert) Moses alternates between the outrageous present of Rescue City and earlier in the twentieth century, detailing the events leading up to the destruction of Manhattan. Surely a book for our times and our condition. But he was a mean SOB too, unforgiving and vengeful. Lovely retro illustration style and what seems to be a reasonably evenhanded approach to the subject matter. Robert Moses And The Modern City written by Hilary Ballon and has been published by W. W. Norton this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2007 with … A very good overview, in graphic form, of Robert Moses’s career and accomplishments. Moses… Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 9, 2016. Readers' Most Anticipated Books of January. Moses’ career, which ran from the mid-1920s through the early 1970s, has been written about extensively in Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1974 book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, and also in the best-selling 2014 artist/ comic-book-style biography, Robert Moses… He was a truly tragic figure for which admiration and disgust vie in the mind of the reader, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 17, 2019. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. At over 1000 pages is a mamoth of a book, oceanic in every sense. Moses, who was instrumental in shaping modern New York City, is depicted in Caro's Pulitzer Prize-winning book … Still I found that the book did seem to be published during the height of Moses' influence and power. Be the first to ask a question about Robert Moses. He learned a great deal from Gov Al Smith, to whom he was devoted, but unlike Smith, Moses was not a benign man. I agree with him. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 1344 pages and is available in Paperback format. Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. I've never read Caro, I've never read Jane Jacobs (both these things need to change...), but this seemed a simple enough illustration of the issues of urban planning in New York City in the mid 20th century so that even a child could understand. 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