FRED SIEGEL has written widely on American and European politics and was described as “the historian of the American city” in a November 2011 profile in the Wall Street Journal.
The former editor of City Journal, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Commentary, The New Republic, Dissent, and many other publications. He has also appeared widely on TV and radio.
A former senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., Mr. Siegel is currently a scholar in residence at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
The Revolt Against the Masses explores the inner life of American liberalism over the past 90 years, beginning with liberalism’s foundational writers and thinkers.
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.
Each of Siegel’s three urban portraits—New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles—shows the desperate remedies undertaken by cities searching for a lifeline back to the future whose promise they once seemed to embody. In a narrative that acknowledges the large historical forces that have remade the face of America over the last three decades, but insists that social policies are not merely foregone conclusions waiting to happen, Siegel holds up a mirror to our urban nature and tells us much about the way we live now.