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  •  Very Informative.Thank you. And for NYC politics (0+ / 0-)

    (years 1960-1975) I would recommend an excellent informative book:  

    The Cost of Good Intentions: New York City and the Liberal Experiment

    Morris presents a history of New York City government from 1960-1975, spanning the mayoral terms of Robert Wagner, John Lindsay, Abraham Beame, and (very briefly) Ed Koch. The book focuses most heavily on John Lindsay's tenure and the ever increasing spending and requisite reliance on short term financing that eventually led to financial collapse in 1975. Morris is critical of Lindsay's spending policies but he balances his criticism with a chapter of data from other cities to show that NYC was not unique among major cities in greatly expanding its budget for salaries, pensions, and social spending. Morris also credits Lindsay for greatly increasing the productivity and effectiveness of city government (during his final term) even if he never did get spending under control.

    * Move Sooner ~ Not Faster *

    by ArthurPoet on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 02:12:31 AM PST

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