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A Stripe of Tammany's Tiger

A Stripe of Tammany's Tiger

by Louis Eisenstein, Elliot Rosenberg


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"This book is a highly personal glimpse into the world of precinct, district, and county politics. It deals with several stripes of the Tammany Tiger and brings into close focus some of the most forceful background figures in New York City's political framework. Primarily, it is a forty-year panorama of Tammany practices and personalities."—from A Stripe of Tammany's TigerIn this fascinating book, first published in 1966, Louis Eisenstein, a Tammany precinct captain from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, sets out with his coauthor Elliot Rosenberg to chronicle the evolution—or rather devolution—of New York City politics through the first seven decades of the twentieth century. Eisenstein imbues his lively narrative with an overarching theme: that personal interactions and good faith between those at all levels of power are of paramount importance both for sustained political success and for competent municipal administration.

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ISBN-13: 9780801478840
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 07/12/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Louis Eisenstein, a Navy (World War I) veteran, worked for the post office, the IRS, the New York City Department of Finance, and the New York State Senate. He was a Tammany Hall precinct captain from the 1920s through the 1950s. Elliot Rosenberg, his nephew, was a high school teacher in New York City for thirty years.

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"Filled with the color, drama and language of every day politics, A Stripe of Tammany's Tiger is a refreshingly lively and direct account of New York City Clubhouse politics from the 1900's through the 1960's. This very human and personal memoir of a politician who knew or worked directly with such men as Edward J. Ahearn, John F. Ahearn, Herbert H. Lehman, William O'Dwyer, Newbold Morris, Vincent R. Impellitteri, Carmine De Sapio, W. Averell Harriman, Robert F. Wagner Senior and Junior, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Lindsay, and Abraham Beame among others, is not only entertaining reading, but a most valuable reference and study for anyone directly involved in politics today or anyone studying the political process in American society."

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