Depression-era New York is a treasure trove of wonderful narratives, and City of Ambition (W.W. Norton, $17.95) recounts a story that, considering our current political discourse, almost reads like fiction. Mason B. Williams shows us how two men of different temperaments and on opposite sides of the political spectrum united to build the infrastructure that changed the city of New York and directly influenced the nation as a whole. New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia crossed party lines to embrace President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal; these leaders fought each other’s opponents, listened to one another’s ideas, and worked tirelessly to push through the fear that dominated America during the Great Depression and construct a new world grounded in downright gumption.
City of Ambition: FDR, Laguardia, and the Making of Modern New York - Mason B. Williams
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 23rd, 2014