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Dr. Leonard Vernon, of Laurel, New Jersey, is a recognized expert on Frank Hague. He is a well-known local author, and his works include Jewish South Jersey and Jersey City Medical Center, as well as A Profession Persecuted: The History of the Chiropractic Profession in New Jersey. Dr. Leonard Vernon, of Laurel, New Jersey, is a recognized expert on Frank Hague. He is a well-known local author, and his works include Jewish South Jersey and Jersey City Medical Center, as well as A Profession Persecuted: The History of the Chiropractic Profession in New Jersey.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609494687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609494681
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr.Leonard F.Vernon,the author of this book,may well be a"recognized expert on"the subject of this biography,former Jersey City mayor Frank"I AM THE LAW"Hague..Vernon may well be able to tell us what Hague's shoe size was,or how often he dined at a particular eatery,but as far as producing an objective biography "fuggetaboutit"...
Vernon implies that poor old boss Hague hasn't got the sort of post-mortem recognition thatother political rogues have,old time bosses such as Curley of Boston or Daley of Chicago..Indeed,in the first few pages of his book Vernon goes to great lengths to attempt to darken the already dark reputations of Curley and Daley,attempting at the same time to suggest that if rogues like this can have parks,arenas and schools named after them after all of thier bad deeds why not Frank Hague as well?
Is is impudent to suggest that perhaps those who choose to honor the likes of Curley and Daley are at best misguided,and that the lack of such undeserved honors here in New Jersey for a dictatorial rogue like Hague speaks well of our notions as to who does and who does not deserve such honors?
Vernon claims,among other bizarre notions,that Hague ought to be honored because he provided turkey dinners for the poor at thanksgiving and christmas..Boss Tweed of new york city did the same while robbing that city blind.Vernon beats up on Boss Daley citing the so-called "police riot"that took place during the 1968 democratic convention in chicago,harrumphing about what a stain that episode was and how well-deserved the stink of it was,gloating that said stink forever sticks to Daley's memory..That"police riot" was broadcast live..
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This book is one of the first that I have read that actually treats Hague fairly. As a matter of fact it is really the only thing I have ever read that acknowledges many of the good things that he did. Vernon makes a point of spelling out how men like Curly of Boston, who were at least if not more corrupt than Hague are now idolized in Boston, while Hague's reputation is that of a dirty politician. The other interesting item was the fact that Hague's well oiled machine was so good that he really never had to resort to voter fraud to win elections. A FANTASTIC READ FOR ANYONE FROM OR WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN NEW JERSEY HISTORY AND/OR POLITICS.
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This is a short story on the late Great Mayor Hague. I found it interesting to read , being a Jersey City NJ native. I highly recommended it , but it is a short read.Some good pic in it.
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By Joe nestor on December 20, 2013
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good read, enjoyable- found it very interesting. insightful and informative. if you are from jersey city or interested im hudson county politics, pick it up!!!
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What's great about this book is that it highlights the complexities of Hague's legacy, complexities which echo that of the man himself. For example, I was shocked to learn that the famous "I am the law" quote, which is typically used to show Hague as a dictator, was actually uttered when the mayor was arguing to get delinquent kids back into school. Hague used his nearly unlimited powers to consolidate his political kingdom; he also used them to provide nearly-universal healthcare, fund special education, and streamline police and fire services, putting him decades ahead of his time. By reading this book you see both sides of Hague - the scheming politician and the benevolent despot. It's fascinating.
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Leonard Vernon is a master at enlightening and entertaining writing. Most importantly, Dr. Vernon doesn't hesitate from painting a true portrait of Frank Hague. He was obviously both good and bad and in exposing both characteristics, Vernon's biography is always fair and balanced. The most interesting fact is that Mayor Hague did enough good and he had enough street strength that he never had to resort to voter fraud to win elections. That is a first in historic New Jersey politics. The bottom line: A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN NEW JERSEY HISTORY AND POLITICS.
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