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Sally A. Friedman
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Book Description

This is an exposé detailing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s education and construction policies between 2002 and 2009 inclusive. It covers all major education issues: schools chancellor, school budget, grading of the schools, reducing class sizes, small, charter and culturally themed schools, standardized testing, school safety, overcrowding and mayoral control; and all major real estate development issues: rezoning, ULURP, self-certification, various fatal construction accidents and disasters, affordable housing, lack of construction, law enforcement, and the large projects that characterized the administration. This book features a list of abbreviations and a comprehensive index in the back. A page of the Introduction, p. 11, is crucial for understanding references made throughout the book. Therefore, it is reproduced below: “Making himself available to parents. The mayor performed the important tasks of negotiating with the unions, securing funding from the higher powers and making public relations appearances when there was good news to report. I have observed that there were three recurring themes in Mr. Bloomberg´s modus operandi in both Education and Real Estate Development: Theme 1: He was overly optimistic. As his various education initiatives and construction projects progressed, he routinely threw around and changed numbers on standardized test scores, graduation rates, school openings, school crime rates, construction costs, creation of jobs and affordable housing units, among others, and sometimes even distorted facts outright. Theme 2: Time after time, Mr. Bloomberg asked for input from the community, or purported to, on new school openings and on construction of schools and other projects, but usually ended up hiring his cronies and ignored the community´s wishes. Theme 3: He took advantage of legal loopholes or skirted around the law to forge ahead with his agendum. His agendum was to acquire power. Why else did he take control of the schools and overturn term limits? It was not for the money. In November 2009, Mr. Bloomberg won his third-term election bid by a narrow margin, mostly because he was still viewed as a stronger candidate than the opposing one. His power and popularity were waning, however, rocked by various investigations in recent years, including a slush-fund scandal, and corruption and sloppiness in construction that led to fatal accidents that resulted in the termination of decades-long unethical practices. Further, he was accused of being involved in various conflicts of interest and of being hypocritical on environmental and health issues. Two farmyard clichés and one generic cliché also aptly describe many occurrences during the Bloomberg administration between 2002 and 2009: Cliché 1: “Just another case of the fox guarding the henhouse” Cliché 2: “Closing the barn door after the horses have already fled” Cliché 3: “Do as I say, not as I do” The above themes and clichés are so common in my text, that I refer to their generic names; i.e., I will use the blog style, for example, “File under Theme 1” or “File under Cliché 2” when providing evidence of same. Enjoy.”

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About the Author

Sally A. Friedman graduated from Barnard College with a B.A., and Baruch College with an M.B.A. She is a lifetime member of the website Her username is "Bibliodidact," through which you may contact her by leaving a comment on her profile. She lives with her husband in New York City. This is her first book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and Well Researched Analysis August 31, 2010
The author presents a well crafted and researched analysis of the Bloomberg administration during a specific period of time and in the areas of education and construction. It opens your eyes to the difference between the public face Mr. Bloomberg puts forth, and the differing facts and figures that eventually become known via the media. The author supports her arguments with research culled from an impressive research list, and draws from all five boroughs, not just Manhattan.

I would not label myself a very "political person," so it's somewhat difficult for me to immerse myself into a book like this. However, the author presented a few clever "themes" to carry throughout the book, relating them as specific issues were relevant to those themes. This helped me mentally file as I read along. In addition, her voice was clearly heard via witty remarks. This is clearly a topic that interests her as a New York City resident.

This book would certainly be a perfect addition to college coursework in political studies, or for those with an interest in city/state politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating & Entertaining February 26, 2011
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I am not normally a fan of books on politics, but this one was so well done--narrowly focused on two topics that involve all New York City taxpayers-- that I was compelled to try it. I liked it. Similar to Robert A. Caro's "Power Broker," this book paints a detailed portrait of a memorable politician in the context of New York City history. "Education and Deconstruction" is not only meticulously researched yet readable, but also entertaining, informative and at times, suspenseful. Those unfamiliar with New York City politics will be saying "Wait. What?" and "OMG!" at almost every page. Those who are familiar will often learn something interesting from the numerous inconsistencies pointed out by the author, between what the mayor planned to do, claimed to have done, and actually did. A historical account that is full of factual, engaging anecdotes, this nonfiction work has lasting power that will transcend book clubs and bestseller lists.
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'The Education and Deconstruction of Mr. Bloomberg' is a meticulously researched and fascinating compendium of the mayor's school and real estate policies. There is a great wealth of data here to digest for anyone interested in urban policy and politics.
It is good to see a critical appraisal New York City's recovery period following the attack of 9/11/01. As a reader trying to connect the dots between this administration's policies with his own financial interests, it leaves one wondering how the mayor's views evolved from businessman to politician.
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