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Politics and Pasta: A Memoir Paperback – July 17, 2012
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“Look up controversial in the dictionary and Buddy Cianci's picture will be there. As he is happy to tell you, he never backed down from a fight or a challenge while rebuilding a great city, and he'll make you laugh while doing it.” ―Sean Hannity
“It's pure Buddy. Beguiling, hilarious, with an excuse -- and a joke -- for everything, Cianci shows why he's one of the most storied figures in modern urban politics. ... It delivers all those things, plus a guided tour of a fascinating political mind.” ―Politico
“Politics and Pasta is a compulsively readable -- if not entirely candid -- insider's account of city politics by one of the most colorful and longest-serving mayors in memory. And it's written by, as Cianci puts it, perhaps the only person who has ever been inside the White House, Windsor Castle and the federal penitentiary at Fort Dix in New Jersey.” ―The Associated Press
“Cianci tells the fascinating story of his rise to power and the profound transformation that Providence underwent under his command.... As colorful on the page as he is in person, Cianci is a natural storyteller with a lot to say.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A relentless charmer.... A shrewd intelligence shines through; it's easy to understand why he kept getting re-elected. Cianci readily admits to the role luck and money played in his success, and even admits to some major mistakes. More subtly, the former mayor reveals the intricacies of the horse-trading that makes politics go.” ―Publishers Weekly
“It's an incredible read. I honestly couldn't put it down. Parts of his life read like a movie. You will be amazed at how honest Cianci is at points, and you'll laugh out loud at other points. The guy is candid. He's funny. What else can I say? He's Buddy.” ―South Coast Today
“Cianci is a character, a one-of-kind, bigger than life politican the likes of which I have never met before. I find it difficult to even think of anyone I could come close to comparing him to -- he's that unique.” ―Norwich Bulletin
Top Customer Reviews
Now to understand what a breath of fresh air "Buddy" Cianci was around here you have to know a little bit about the history of the city. For decades Providence had been run by the entrenched Democratic political machine.Read more ›
Over the years I watched the news, read the papers, read the books, and listened to talk radio all hammer the Mayor relentlessly and I always wanted to hear the other side of the argument. Something just never seemed to add up to me. There always seemed to be inconsistencies in the reporting as if they all had a vendetta against him or some sort of jealousy or ulterior motive. Certain judges rulings in the court case perplexed me as so very unfair and seriously biased. FINALLY you get to hear the other side of it, and it's revealed in a very witty and interesting story.
I never lived in Providence but followed Buddy's life through the media and watched firsthand the transformation of the city from the time I was a teenager, clubbing and taking advantage of its nightlife, up until today, over 30 years later. Arguably the result of Buddy's vision and tenacious resourcefulness the city today bares no resemblance to the dull gray lifeless place it used to be. In his book he'll let you in on the iron will and determination it took to make this transformation happen. I loved this book, it was so much fun to read.
Buddy should run for Mayor of his city, Providence. He made the city what it is today. He moved rivers, built a mall, promoted his city to the world.
Glad he got rid of the squirrel. Listen to him on the radio WPRO AM 630 3:00 PM` 6:00 PM Mon- Friday
That, however is where the negatives end. This book has a lot of history tied in. Former mayor Cianci lived a very interesting life, and he weaves this story together with a delightful strand of intellect, humor, and honesty. A definite must read.
I. Buddy is a fascinating guy and a wonderful story teller. I heard him on the Dennis Miller show and laughed during the entire interview. The system got him but he is coming back! He defines leadership.
THE BOOK IS QUITE FACTUAL AND PAINTS A SYMPATHETIC PICTURE OF A BRILLIANT BUT FLAWED MAN. A MAN DEFEATED MORE THAN ONCE BY HIS OWN EGO WHO PICKS HIMSELF UP AND REINVENTS HIMSELF EVERY TIME
DESPITE HIS FLAWS, HE RESURRECTED THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE FROM THE DEAD AND MADE IT THE "RENAISSANCE CITY" WHICH I DOUBT ANY ONE ELSE COULD HAVE DONE
RECOMMEND AS A VERY INTERESTING AND ENTERTAINING READ .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, felt like Buddy was in the room speaking to me.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Any Rhode Islander will find this book to be a great read. Anyone else will find it to be instructive as to how local politics operate. Read morePublished 2 months ago by vincent e. donahue
Growing up in Providence in between 1970-1990, I witnessed first hand the rebirth of Providence. Cosmic was the driving force for all the success that city has seen. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Krssy
Politics and Pasta is a great read. Especially when you know of the author.Published 16 months ago by ginnie mae
Very entertaining although a number of the stories / points are repeated. I did enjoy reading the "history" of changes that Providence went through as it brought itself out... Read morePublished 20 months ago by T. Mottur
Enjoyed the book and I enjoy the city .He will be the mayor in my mind forever ,Thanks again this was a great readPublished 20 months ago by icecoldbeer