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The Prince of the City

The Prince of the City

Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life
July 2005
Hardcover · 374 Pages
$26.95 U.S. · $34.95 CAN · £13.99 U.K. · €19.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781594030840
Encounter Books


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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. Siegel concludes with a look at how Guiliani's successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has handled his legacy and at what lies in Guiliani's political future.

About the Author

Fred Siegel is a professor of history at the Cooper Union for Science and Art in New York City and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington. His last book, THE FUTURE ONCE HAPPENED HERE: NEW YORK, D.C.,L.A., AND THE FATE OF AMERICA'S BIG CITIES, was named by Peter Jennings as one of the 100 most important books about the United States in the 20th century. Siegel lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Jan Rosenberg. He was assisted in this book by his son, Harry Siegel. —This text refers to the Hardcover edition.