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City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York Hardcover – December 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060160608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060160609
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bret Heilig on February 11, 2011
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This is a very dense, extremely well-researched piece on municipal corruption under Koch. The first two chapters are sharp, but the book creaks into detail overload after a while. Even though it gets a bit difficult to process the sheer volume of names, dates, places, and analysis, the book is well worth reading if you're at all interested in the political history of New York City.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on May 27, 2011
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Whoa! CITY FOR SALE: ED KOCH AND THE BETRAYAL OF NEW YORK makes your head spin! If you lived in New York City during the Koch years this detail-laden gem by journalists Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett will take you back, towing you through the Parking Violations Bureau scandal, twisting your arm through one extortion after another, and finally dumping you in a Bess mess. Non-Koch years New Yorkers may have to read certain passages if not the whole book more than once to absorb CITY FOR SALE, as Newfield and Barrett cut no corners with this blow-by-blow account of the rise and fall of Edward I. Koch.

Despite leaving no bribe unpaid, if anything CITY FOR SALE came out too soon, publishing during Koch's third term as New York City mayor. I don't know if a later paperback edition may include the missing wrap-up, but Koch's failure to even win the Democratic nomination for what would have been his fourth term would make for a more fitting finish.

How did H.B.O. overlook CITY FOR SALE?

I notice the CITY FOR SALE book cover image on this web site depicts a photo change. The original CITY FOR SALE cover has a picture of fallen idol Bess Myerson directly above the authors' names but the version here replaces Myerson with Rudy Giuliani. Speaking of photography, CITY FOR SALE's pictures section includes a dandy candid shot of journalist Jimmy Breslin.

"Today's reformer is tomorrow's hack," said Brooklyn boss Meade Esposito. Read CITY FOR SALE: ED KOCH AND THE BETRAYAL OF NEW YORK.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Xhoodlum on March 25, 2010
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I have a certain bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. This book is a great read if you are in to factual accounts of politics and corruption.
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