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Posted March 9, 2009
This was an extremely well-researched, thoughtful, and perhaps most importantly, balanced book. Although Mr. Giuliani is largely lampooned by most in the media as only having done September 11th "right", this book illustrates the creativity and genius of a man who largely made New York City what it is today. A well-written account of an important period of New York City's history, and perhaps its most influential mayor next to Fiorello LaGuardia.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2002
Biased but informative
This book gives an informative look at Rudy Giuliani while displaying the author's obvious distaste for his subject. Kirtzman spends the entire biography depersonalizing Giuliani, only then to give an account in the final chapter of the book of Giuliani's blatant love and affection for New York and New Yorkers on September 11th and the months to follow. The biography showed a harsh side of Giuliani given through his enemies and rivals' accounts. Giuliani did not cooperate with the book. People who clashed with the mayor appeared more than ready to have their opinion in print. Without intending to, Kirtzman proved the loyalty and trust that those closest to Giuliani possess through their lack of of quotations throughout the biography. Overall, Kirtzman tells a good story about a great man as only one beyond the mayor's inner circle could tell it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2001
The best book on Guiliani around
Absolutely a great book for anyone interested in NYC politics and how this man changed the Big Apple. It is a shame he can no longer can be our mayor. Kirtzman wrote the book unbiased and that made it that much better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2001
An enlightening look at New York politics, and a fair account of New York's transformation under Giuliani. The ideal book to read before the upcoming mayoral election.
This book awakened my interest in New York politics by showing me that things are not quite as they seem. And that no one, not even this most effective of politicians, with his aura of righteousness, is above the dirt. Kirtzman exposes the vindictive side of Rudy Giuliani as well as his many accomplishments, his paranoia and egotism, as well as his determination and fearlessness. He shows us a politician that is as easy to hate as he is to admire. A supporter of this mayor from the beginning, by the end of this book I couldn't help but view him with a mixture of gratitude and fear. The book explains the evolution of the city's transformation under Giuliani in a very readable style. Kirztman includes all the major events that shaped the city during this period, and adds his always informative and objective comments, but he never overwhelms the reader with complicated analysis, or too many details. This book is the quickest and easiest way for anybody to understand how New York changed under Rudy Giuliani, and how it became, in the eyes of most people, a more livable city, but also a very polarized one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.