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Robert Moses demonized at length,
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This review is from: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Paperback)
Driving through New York City, I've always been astonished by the immense scale and innovative engineering behind the bridges, tunnels and highways connecting the city's boroughs. Caro does a tremendous job of discussing how Robert Moses managed to build many of these structures by using a variety of devious means, ranging from political tactics short of blackmail to manipulation of the public through the media.
Caro's Robert Moses is an evil man who did everything within his power to achieve his means no matter the cost. Moses is depicted as an overbearing man who is not only arrogant and greedy, but unsympathetic to the poor and his own family. In the final chapters as Mose's began to lose his power and, to a certain degree, get a taste of his own medicine, I could not help feel a certain sense of satisfaction.
I had to constantly remind myself of Caro's bias. Despite Caro explicitly saying otherwise, this book has the clear implication that Robert Moses destroyed New York--its neighborhoods and people. Moses is demonized at length to an extreme and perhaps somewhat unjustifiably. If you read other material about Moses written before Caro released his book, you find all but praise for Moses, a venerable man in most respects. What Caro should have emphasized more in his book is what happened to New York was not only because of Moses, but due to a variety of social, cultural and political factors reaching far beyond Moses. Similar chaos and destruction took place in other cities where Moses never showed his face.