In this first post-9/11 account of the career of the man who established himself as “America’s Mayor” in the dark days after America was attacked, Fred Siegel shows how Rudy Giuliani’s successes in New York–restoring law and order, cutting taxes and radically reducing the welfare rolls–demonstrated that Gotham was indeed “governable” (a matter of doubt until his election) and that our major cities might again become vibrant and dynamic places to live after thirty years of middle-class flight.
The Prince of the City is at once a fascinating character study of one of America’s most charismatic public figures, a history of New York over the last forty years, and a classic inquiry into the issue of how cities thrive or die. Siegel’s story culminates with a dramatic account of September 11, 2001, revealing how Giuliani’s s eight years in office had prepared him and the city to rise to this tragic occasion and how in the aftermath of the attack he became America’s Mayor.
For too long we’ve lacked a compact, inexpensive, authoritative, and compulsively readable book that offers American readers a clear, informative, and inspiring narrative account of their country. Such a fresh retelling of the American story is especially needed today, to shape and deepen young Americans’ sense of the land they inhabit, help them to understand its roots and share in its memories, all the while equipping them for the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in American society.
We have a glut of text and trade books on American history. But what we don’t have is a compact, inexpensive, authoritative, and compulsively readable book that will offer to intelligent young Americans a coherent, persuasive, and inspiring narrative of their own country.
Public corruption is the silent killer of our economy. We’ve spawned the thickest network of patronage and influence ever seen in any country, a crony capitalism in which business partners with government and transfers wealth from the poor to the rich. This is a betrayal of the Framers’ vision for America, and of the Constitution they saw as an anticorruption covenant.