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From the Publisher"This fascinating book is... a significant illumination of our contemporary crisis of leadership." —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
"This is a very impressive work, the crowning achievement of Baltzell's scholarship." —John Lukacs "Such cultural analysis—long out of fashion as too soft (as opposed to econometrics) or too racist (who is to say that one culture is better than another?)—is due for a comeback. It starts to explain, in a way that mere fiscal analysis does not, why Miami has become the gateway to Latin America, why Los Angeles rules the Pacific Rim and why Chicago controls the Midwest. And it helps us to understand how New York City moved in 30 years from the humiliation of near bankruptcy to being the dominant city on earth." —Julia Vitullo-Martin, The Wall Street Journal, October 2006 “A book of clear writing and lively reading, warm concern and sparkling human interest.” —Philadelphia Inquirer “A penetrating and readable study.” —The Boston Globe