By Robert A. Caro
Some of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of either the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The energy Broker tells the hidden tale at the back of the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century ny (city and nation) and makes public what few have identified: that Robert Moses was once, for nearly part a century, the one strongest guy of our time in manhattan, the shaper not just of the city's politics yet of its actual constitution and the issues of city decline that plague us today.
In revealing how Moses did it--how he built his public gurus right into a political computer that was once almost a fourth department of presidency, one who may convey to their knees Governors and Mayors (from los angeles Guardia to Lindsay) by way of mobilizing banks, contractors, hard work unions, insurance companies, even the clicking and the Church, into an impossible to resist monetary force--Robert Caro unearths how strength works in the entire towns of the U.S.. Moses equipped an empire and lived like an emperor. He for my part conceived and accomplished public works costing 27 billion dollars--the maximum builder the United States (and most likely the area) has ever identified. with no ever having been elected to workplace, he ruled the boys who were--even his so much sour enemy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, couldn't regulate him--until he eventually encountered, in Nelson Rockefeller, the one guy whose energy (and ruthlessness in wielding it) equalled his personal.