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Robert Polner (Editor)
210 pages (Summer 2007); 822KB download
Soft Skull Press; ISBN: 1-932360-58-1
When it comes time for voters to judge Rudolph Giuliani's fitness for national office, this book will be the essential dossier.
- John R. MacArthur, Publisher of Harper's Magazine
Rudy Giuliani's admirably flinty response to the horrifying events of 9-11 has made him a national hero, positioning him for his ultimate quest, the White House. But the outpouring of praise for his performance after Sept 11, 2001 has obscured many uncomfortable facts about Giuliani, one of the most polarizing figures in the history of a great and frenetic city.
This book collects the original essays and reporting of some of New York]s most perceptive authors and reporters on leading Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. The writers have few illusions about Rudy's turbulent reign, offering an informative and entertaining corrective to today's simplistic celebration of "America's Mayor."
Includes contributions from:
- Jim Dwyer (Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, author of Subway Lives, and New York Times Reporter) writes on the mayor's Joe McCarthy-like penchant for the Big Smear.
- Tom Robbins (award-winning reporter for the Village Voice) on the myths and distortions concerning Giuliani's Mafia-busting prowess.
- Luc Sante (Low Life) on how Giuliani drove him out of the city by attacking the things about New York he held dear.
- Susan Jacoby (Half-Jew) on Rudy's maddeningly hypocritical crusade for civility.
- Kathleen Brady (biographer of Ida Tarbell and Lucille Ball) on Giuliani's $12 million command center "bunker" at the World Trade Center.