We've had our share of "season with the team" books about basketball, baseball, and football, so why not a book about an event of political importance: an insider's account of an entire term of a big city mayor? And it might as well be about one of America's best, most interesting mayors, Philadelphia's Ed Rendell. Buzz Bissinger follows Rendell, his chief of staff, and four other Philadelphians through four years of his sincere, flamboyant struggle against Philadelphia's crushing poverty--four years of dealing with the staff, the press, the constituents, and the feds. It doesn't end with the eradication of the city's many social ills, but it does end with a second term, and with hope. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bissinger is the author of Friday Night Lights (LJ 8/90), a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who worked at the Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer. After following the administration of Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell for four years, he provides a passionate account of big-city life and politics in the 1990s that puts a human face on the problems and promise of urban America. From his portrayal of the mayor's anguish in comforting the families of slain and injured police officers, which serves as a prolog, to his discussion of union negotiations, crime fighting, and economic decline in later chapters, Bissinger offers a compelling narrative. Scholars will appreciate the inside political story, and lay readers will appreciate the heroes. Highly recommended for all collections.
-?William L. Waugh, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ed Rendell allowed a writer, Buzz Bissinger, to shadow him during his first term as Mayor of Philadelphia. This book is the result of what Buzz saw during those four years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
I recommend this book who has ever been interested in Urban Policy and or the history of housing in Philadelphia. Great read!Published 18 months ago by Jocelyn Providence
I was assigned this reading for a Political Science class in undergrad and must say I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ashley Amazing
Just began reading a few days ago but seems promising...
-Reading it for school
Other students who have already taken the class loved it... Read more
Came in time. The description of the product was what I expected and definitely a good purchase. I definitely recommend this person!Published on March 30, 2013 by Lily
This is easily the least literate book I've read in quite a while. And Mr Bissinger's writing has gone downhill from even this in his newest paean to himself - a novel about a trip... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by George Eliot
This book came within a couple of days. The book doesn't have creases or any other damages like that. Overall I'm very satisfied with my purchase!Published on May 26, 2012 by Jperalez
Buzz Bissinger's excellent work about Mayor Ed Rendell and Philadelphia is one of the best expositions of America's urban problems and the politics which exacerbate said problems. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by QRA321