City of Ambition: Fdr, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 1.54 X 9.49 inches | 1.95 pounds

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About the Author
Mason B. Williams is a historian specializing in urban politics with degrees from Columbia University and Princeton University. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is his first book.
This illuminating study offers a fresh vantage from which to comprehend key features of the New Deal and the history of New York. Moving between a vibrant portrayal of persons and incisive accounts of processes, City of Ambition is written with verve and imagination.--Ira Katznelson, author of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time
An excellent account--well written and thoroughly researched--of how FDR and La Guardia, in an era of depression and war, channeled federal resources into crisis-ridden municipalities. Williams's recounting of their achievement is a salutary reminder of what was once possible, and could be again.--Mike Wallace, coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
An extraordinary book. In telling the story of how Roosevelt and La Guardia--men as fascinating as they were powerful--forged a mighty political collaboration, it brilliantly reinterprets the New Deal from the vantage point of the nation's greatest city. It also marks the remarkable debut of a gifted young historian.--Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy