The Napoleon of New York: Mayor Fiorello la Guardia

The Napoleon of New York: Mayor Fiorello la Guardia

The Napoleon of New York: Mayor Fiorello la Guardia

The Napoleon of New York: Mayor Fiorello la Guardia

Synopsis

Praise for H. Paul Jeffers Diamond Jim Brady: Prince of the Gilded Age "One of the most entertaining historical business narratives in recent memory. The story of this symbol of America's Gilded Age is filled with such gusto and vigor that even hardcore business readers will be swept away." -Publishers Weekly "Superb historical biography of one of the more colorful characters in American history . . . spirited. . . . Jeffers deftly weaves together intriguing stage-setting explanations of the age of robber barons, the crash of 1893, and that unforgettable era of unbridled wealth for the few in 1890s New York. As this marvelous story reveals, Brady's lavish lifestyle embodies America's Gilded Age. Highly recommended for all libraries." -Library Journal An Honest President: The Life and Presidencies of Grover Cleveland "A well-written and timely book that reminds us of Grover Cleveland's courage, commitment, and honesty at a time when these qualities are so lacking in so much of American politics." -James MacGregor Burns, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Colonel Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt Goes to War, 1897-1898 "A handsome narrative of a crucial period in the career of one of our country's most colorful politicians." -Publishers Weekly

Excerpt

It had been a brutal day in which the entrenched powers had used every dirty trick in their formidable arsenal to try to steal the 1933 mayoral election. The scum and lowlife of the city had been rounded up to assist, from strong-arm thugs on the payroll of gangster Dutch Schultz to the lowliest thief who owed or sought a favor from Tammany Hall bosses and their lackies in the Police Department. Alerted to these bullying tactics, the mayoral candidate on a “Fusion” ticket, Fiorello H. La Guardia, stormed into one of the polling places, ripped the red Tammany badge from one of the illegal poll watchers, and in a high-pitched voice screamed, “You're all thugs! Get out of here and keep moving!” But it was La Guardia who found himself ejected, pushed out the door by cops who laughed at this pipsqueak who ludicrously vowed that a second after he was sworn in as mayor he'd boot them all off the force.

Fourteen years later, as a hearse carried the body of the ninety-ninth mayor of New York from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan to Woodlawn Cemetery in Queens, crowds lining traffic-halted streets were so respectfully quiet that a reporter assigned to cover the funeral of a man who had been called many things in his lifetime, including the affectionate nicknames “Little Flower” and “Hizzoner, ” could hear the clicks of the traffic lights as they changed.

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