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Terry Golway identifies with his subject absolutely. The poverty stricken poor of New York. The nice thing about his book is that he's fairly honest about the shortcomings of his hero, Tamany Hall. There is a lot of need to know history in this book so I would recommend listening.
If you're looking for a triumphal revisionist account of the link between Tammany Hall and the Irish-American vote in the 19tg and early 20th centuries, then this is the book for you. Unfortunately, that wasn't was I was looking for and so it was something of a disappointment. Not that I was looking for yet another diatribe about Tammany corruption. Instead, I was hoping for a more nuts and bolts look at how the machine operated--similar to the sort of study of the accumulation, use and loss of power that Robert Caro did so successfully in his studies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson. Hopefully this author or someone else will get there.
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