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In this audiobook, William L. Riordan, one of the "muckracker" journalists, records Plunkitt's take on politics in Plunkitt's own words - as delivered from the bootblack stand at the New York County Courthouse, Plunkitt's only office. His take on life, politics, and morality is as delightfully frank as it is astonishingly cynical. Enjoy!
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By narrowback slacker on 02-23-17
An utterly charming look at politics and graft
I stumbled across an excerpt from this book while editing a US History reader a while back, and was immediately charmed. Grabbed the ebook/audible bundle and can highly recommend both. Plunkitt is a character, and his little homilies on NYC, graft, and in particular the political machine that made this city such a plum landing pad for Irish immigrants provide telling insights into our particular immigrant story. Riordan's introduction provides valuable context, and Robert Bethune's gives an audiobook performance worthy of a one man stage show.