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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Urban studies & biography) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1975/7/12

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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the 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.

In revealing how Moses did it--how he developed his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government, one that could bring to their knees Governors and Mayors (from La Guardia to Lindsay) by mobilizing banks, contractors, labor unions, insurance firms, even the press and the Church, into an irresistible economic force--Robert Caro reveals how power works in all the cities of the United States. Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He personally conceived and completed public works costing 27 billion dollars--the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known. Without ever having been elected to office, he dominated the men who were--even his most bitter enemy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, could not control him--until he finally encountered, in Nelson Rockefeller, the only man whose power (and ruthlessness in wielding it) equalled his own.

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"Surely the greatest book ever written about a city." --David Halberstam

"A masterpiece of American reporting. It's more than the story of a tragic figure or the exploration of the unknown politics of our time. It's an elegantly written and enthralling work of art." --Theodore H. White

"The most absorbing, detailed, instructive, provocative book ever published about the making and raping of modern New York City and environs and the man who did it, about the hidden plumbing of New York City and State politics over the last half-century, about the force of personality and the nature of political power in a democracy. A monumental work, a political biography and political history of the first magnitude." --Eliot Fremont-Smith, New York

"One of the most exciting, un-put-downable books I have ever read. This is definitive biography, urban history, and investigative journalism. This is a study of the corruption which power exerts on those who wield it to set beside Tacitus and his emperors, Shakespeare and his kings." --Daniel Berger, Baltimore Evening Sun

"Fascinating, every oversize page of it." --Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

"A study of municipal power that will change the way any reader of the book hereafter peruses his newspaper." --Philip Herrera, Time

"A triumph, brilliant and totally fascinating. A majestic, even Shakespearean, drama about the interplay of power and personality." --Justin Kaplan

"In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort." --Richard C. Wade, The New York Times Book Review

"The feverish hype that dominates the merchandising of arts and letters in America has so debased the language that, when a truly exceptional achievement comes along, there are no words left to praise it. Important, awesome, compelling--these no longer summon the full flourish of trumpets this book deserves. It is extraordinary on many levels and certain to endure." --William Greider, The Washington Post Book World

"Apart from the book's being so good as biography, as city history, as sheer good reading, The Power Broker is an immense public service." --Jane Jacobs

"Required reading for all those who hope to make their way in urban politics; for the reformer, the planner, the politician and even the ward heeler." --Jules L. Wagman, Cleveland Press

"An extraordinary study of the workings of power, individually, institutionally, politically, and economically in our republic." --Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal

"Caro has written one of the finest, best-researched and most analytically informative descriptions of our political and governmental processes to appear in a generation." --Nicholas Von Hoffman, The Washington Post 

"Caro's achievement is staggering. The most unlikely subjects--banking, ward politics, construction, traffic management, state financing, insurance companies, labor unions, bridge building--become alive and contemporary. It is cheap at the price and too short by half. A milestone in literary and publishing history." --Donald R. Morris, The Houston Post

"Irresistible reading. It is like one of the great Russian novels, overflowing with characters and incidents that all fit into a vast mosaic of plot and counterplot. Only this is no novel. This is a college education in power corruption." --George McCue, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

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  • ペーパーバック: 1344ページ
  • 出版社: Vintage (1975/7/12)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0394720245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394720241
  • 発売日: 1975/7/12
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 15.5 x 4.8 x 23.1 cm
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ロバート・モーゼスという一人の絶大な権力を持つことになった官僚の生涯と、彼の形作った近代ニューヨークという街の歴史を綴ったノンフィクションである。この本の中心的なテーマは、「理想を実現するためには、それを実現する過程で自分の意に反することや倫理に反することをしてでも理想を実現するべきなのか?」「理想は形ある結果として実現しなければ意味をなさないのか?」それとも、「理想が実現できないとしても、その過程を倫理などに反することなくやり遂げたということで自己満足すべきなのか?」という問いかけであるように思います。
そんな問いにモーゼスが近代ニューヨークの開発を通して答えてゆくのですが、そのスケールがすごい!1929年の大恐慌の裏側で信じられないくらい大規模な開発が行われていたなどとは、この本を読むまで全く知りませんでした。またその開発が、アメリカのみならず世界の公共事業の近代建築に与えたインパクトも計り知れないものがあります。
そしてその裏側で行われていた政治的駆け引き。N.Y.のスラム街出身で老練な政界のドンAl Smith、N.Y.知事から後に大統領になるTheodore Roosevelt などの多くの個性的な登場人物とMosesの関係が非常に物語を動的で魅力的なものにしています。彼らは20世紀前半のアメリカの政治家の気質を漂わせ、読んでいるうちにだんだんとセピア
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20 人中、20人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Should be on everyone's bucket list 2016/5/28
投稿者 AK - (Amazon.com)
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This is one of those books that sticks with you. I sing its praises all the time. I just want to offer a practical suggestion for reading it because there is no kindle version (WHY???) and it is a backbreaking brick to lug around.

This was a tip from New York Magazine on "How to read 'The Power Broker'": Buy a cheap paperback version, tear it into thirds, read one third at a time. When you finish you will love this book so much that you will probably want to buy a hardcover version to have on your shelf.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 I bought this book a few years ago, I ... 2016/6/1
投稿者 M. McKown - (Amazon.com)
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I bought this book a few years ago, I think on Amazon. It's around 1,200 pages and took forever to read at the rate of an hour a night. Was it worth it? Oh yeah. This is incredibly detailed, informative and is compelling reading. Mr. Caro did a magnificent job. I have a home library and I've read a lot of biographies. This is at the apex. It stands alone, above all others. I was incredibly impressed by the time I got to the end. And to this day, I still am.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 The Powerbroker is a masterwork. 2016/1/19
投稿者 brian s frankham - (Amazon.com)
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A wonderful, wonderful book.
I first discovered Robert Caro in early 1980's when I read volume 1 of his biography on Lyndon Johnson. I re-read it last year and was again swept up in the wonderful descriptive prose of Caro.
When looking for next volume I found Powerbroker at Amazon but wasn't downloadable to Kindle. I ordered it in hardcopy plus remaining volumes of the Johnson biography.
I could not put it down!
Caro again took me on a journey. This time through New York and its environment and the vast array of characters that Robert Moses dealt with. I was fascinated by his descriptions of Al Smith, La Guardia and Roosevelt and all the other players in New York. The description of the impact of some of Moses' work on small communities was heartrending.
For me Caro maintained a sense of suspense all the way through the book.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Heavy book, so I got the audio 2017/3/15
投稿者 Chicago Slim - (Amazon.com)
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Several years ago, in a Barnes & Noble, I randomly picked up the first volume of Caro's books on Lyndon Johnson. It turned out to be one of those book that you have to buy because you can't stop reading it. I worked ("worked" is not really the right word - it's no work to read these books) through the first three books, then, while waiting for the fourth, looked around for other books by Caro, which is how I found The Power Broker. But the printed volume is a brick - one of those concrete ones they use to build walls with. And astonishingly, (publisher please note) THERE IS NO KINDLE VERSION (publisher please note). 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.

Happily, the book is available in audiobook form, and that's how I'm reading it. Despite some of the flaws identified in the 3 Star ratings below (which contain helpful reviews - worth reading despite the ratings) in my opinion this is a five star book. A five star book, to me, is one that I hesitate to put down and can't wait to take up again.

The audio version takes up nearly 60 hours. The narrator does a terrific job. But most people's normal reading speed is much greater than his narration speed, and in my view, a book this size should be read, not heard. If only as a public service, the publisher should Kindle this book.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Terrific biography of one of the most powerful Americans of the 20th Century 2014/1/18
投稿者 John A. Lefcourte - (Amazon.com)
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I grew up in N.Y.C. and was vary aware of his works and their contributions to the livability of the City and surrounding areas. I was also in the same class as Robert Moses' grandson so had more of an awareness of Moses than most New Yorkers. The book details his life, his intellectual brilliance, and his careful crafting of his path to virtually unlimited power. His accomplishments are legendary but less well known is how his stubborn conceitedness ruined many of the aspects of City life and destroyed any and all who opposed him.

His negative influence on the City is at least as important as his positive influence and, having lived through his major negative affect, the spreading of slums through the City, I found it harder and harder to read and never did finish the book.

Caro is a fantastic Biographer and this book is every bit as good as his later multi-volumne biography of Lindon Johnson.
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