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FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mason Williams tells how the New Deal—and two political titans—shaped New York. City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York gives an account of how Roosevelt and La Guardia, patrician president and immigrant mayor, fashioned a route to recovery from the Great Depression for the nation and the master plan for a great city.

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Comments [5]

Fascinating conversation.

Re: LaGuardia volunteering to serve in the military: Wow! What a contrast to all the chickenhawks who, while ensconced in safety, comfort and even opulence, are so quick to send /others/ to bleed and die (and then not even provide adequately for the ones who return, shattered in body and spirit).

Aug. 01 2013 02:43 AM

Re: LaGuardia's record on civil liberties: Nothing compared to that of our current President...

Jul. 31 2013 01:59 PM

"LaGuardia also spoke fluent Yiddish." (Poster)

Perhaps not surprising given his mother's ethnicity.

Jul. 31 2013 01:39 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

LaGuardia also spoke fluent Yiddish.

Jul. 31 2013 01:36 PM
antonio from baySide

In the Robert Caro biography of Robert Moses, he chronicles Moses was actually a reformer who was soured by a early experience with the reception of his ideas, which in-turn fueled is steamroller sensibility later.
I like to think of alternate histories and such from time to time;
My question is why didn't FDR and LaGuardia bring him into the fold?

I suspect it must be personality?!

Jul. 31 2013 01:10 PM

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