Doig's precision and thoroughness are valuable. His passion for the role of public building in urban life... is evident.... He writes with a detachment that gives him an authority over the subject matter.(New York Review of Books)
This stirring, keenly-written history is filled with insiders'details and jousts with mayors, governors, and even a president.(Political Science Quarterly)
A fascinating organizational biography...For its behind-the-scenes views of two of the New York area's vital public structures, the George Washington Bridge and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the book deserves a permanent place in every construction and engineering library.(Engineering News Record)
This book is remarkable in the depth and scope of its research and in its narrative drive. The book deserves to be widely read, not only by New York historians but by all those interested in the role of government in improving American life.
At last we have an authoritative account of the initial decades of the Port of New York Authority. Jameson Doig's comprehensive account demonstrates that institutions, if they are to thrive, need imaginative leaders, who can make a difference despite the political and economic constraints within which they operate. If New Yorkers want to understand how their region came to be, here is a key place to look.(Paul E. Peterson, Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University)