Giuliani: Nasty Man

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Giuliani: Nasty Man is a collection of articles written by former New York City mayor Ed Koch for new York's top newspapers, criticizing the current mayor Rudy Giuliani.

This is a challenge book in tradition of Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken. Koch, who became popular all over again as the presiding judge on The People's Court, pulls no punches in discussing some of the biggest names in New York City, including George Steinbrenner, Al Sharpton, Hillary Clinton, ...

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Giuliani: Nasty Man is a collection of articles written by former New York City mayor Ed Koch for new York's top newspapers, criticizing the current mayor Rudy Giuliani.

This is a challenge book in tradition of Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken. Koch, who became popular all over again as the presiding judge on The People's Court, pulls no punches in discussing some of the biggest names in New York City, including George Steinbrenner, Al Sharpton, Hillary Clinton, and David Dinkins. Many incur the wrath of Ed's pen, but none more so than "Ruthless Rudy".

In the pantheon of politicians that people love to hate, Giuliani is number one. The cult of Giuliani-haters in New York is among the most outspoken and passionate in the country. He is regularly compared to Hitler and Mussolini.

This book is a dose of reality for Giuliani supporters and opponents alike. While acknowledging that Rudy is a good administrator, Koch exposes Giuliani's nasty streak, which is not only a personality flaw, but also an impediment to effective governing.

The killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, by four undercover police officers, and the torture of Abner Louima by officer Justin Volpe, have made police brutality the most explosive issue in New York City. Both tragedies are covered in Giuliani: Nasty Man, and Koch's criticism of Giuliani with regard to the Louima case foreshadows the Diallo shooting.

This collection is a fascinating inside look into the way New York City really works. Koch takes the reader deep into the political machinery of the Big Apple, from City Hall to the police department to the courtroom. Students and fans of municipal politic would be hard-pressed to find a better textbook.

After reading Giuliani: Nasty Man and understanding Koch's persuasive case against Rudy, no Giuliani critic will ever lose a dinner-party debate again.

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The 105th mayor of New York City takes on the 107th mayor of New York City in this recycling of Koch's newspaper columns from 1994 to the present. (Hizzoner has been taking on Hizzoner in the pages of the Daily News since the latter took office.) After taking credit in his prologue for helping Giuliani get elected, Koch rapidly goes from acknowledging Giuliani's achievements (such as a drastically lowered crime rate) to criticizing him as an authoritarian publicity hound who can't admit when he's made a mistake. The columns touch on everything from Giuliani's confrontation with schools chancellor Ramon Cortines early in his first term to more recent controversies such as the police's brutal killinig of the unarmed Amadou Diallo. The mayor's enemies might welcome yet another opportunity to nod their heads in agreement about this "nasty man."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569803370
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/25/2007
  • Edition description: With a new introduction and epilogue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2001

    Pretty Much Right on!

    This tome covers most of what has happened in NY City through the eyes of an incredibly criticized mayor himself. A native NYer, I lived through Koch's 3 terms, the last one with mixed feelings. It only took one term for me to have mixed feelings about Rudy, which I still do, even as the WTC crisis is still fresh here in NY. Love or hate him, this is an honest portrait of a very complex man. His mean streak has not been so evident in the last few weeks, but it's there. Rudy is a poster child for term limits in what has happened here in the last seven years. He's a Manhattan-centric mayor who has done much to polarize the outer boroughs in favor of privatization. You can no longer make under $60,000 to remain financially afloat in this town. The result? The middle class is now the poor, and the poor, well? They're suffering even worse. NY has always prided itself on being funky, trashy, sleek, and classy at the same time. The mesh of people that this takes is disappearing bit by bit. I have many friends who are living in rent exile, not to mention the ones of differing colors who cannot take the racial strain. Almost all of them have relocated since 1999. NYC in the last few years has become homogenized in favor of Big $$$$. You don't have the Bucks? Tough. The handling of the WTC crisis may be a brilliant bookend to a rather conflicted career for Rudy, but make no doubt, our city needs a leader who practices moderation. This is truly what Koch is trying to show.

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