The Prince of the City

  • by Fred Siegel
  • Narrated by Brian Emerson
  • 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the first post-9/11 account of the career of the man who established himself as "America's Mayor" in the dark days after America was attacked, Fred Siegel shows how Rudy Giuliani's successes in New York set a promising example for the rejuvenation of our major cities. Someone who has worked with Giuliani as well as studied him, Siegel regards Giuliani as a shrewd tactician and artist of the possible who could have stepped out of the pages of Machiavelli's The Prince. A self-promoting, self-absorbed man, the mayor made his enormous ego and tribal ethos serve the city's well-being, promoting ideals that transcended New York's ethnic politics and business as usual. The Prince of the City is at once a fascinating character study, a history of New York over the last 40 years, and a classic inquiry into the issue of how cities thrive or die.

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What the Critics Say

"Siegel presents a positive but not uncritical opinion of the Giuliani record, which is of interest in itself but especially if Giuliani runs for president." (Booklist)

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Urban History

Far more than a Guliani bio, this is a fascinating tale of NYC. Definitely the best book I've read in months!
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- James

Do not Vote for Giuliani

After reading this fabulously written biography of Rudy, I came to the conclusion that he was a GREAT mayor for New York but he will be a disaster as President of the United States of America.

Put Giuliani in charge of Detroit, which is now the most dangerous city in the country but let's keep him away from the White House.
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- Cecilia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.