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Empire on the Hudson

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ISBN-13: 978-0231076777
ISBN-10: 0231076770
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Editorial Reviews

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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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia History of Urban Life
  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231076770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231076777
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Fishman on April 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book provides a pretty good history of the much-maligned Port Authority. One of the book's main strengths is Mr. Doig's ability to weave together biographies of key PA players with the pressing issues that have confronted the PA during its 80+ years. The PA was the first of the so-called authorities: deliberately established to avoid the usual political "game." As such, it has offended many important political leaders, clipping their wings on a range of issues. I think that Mr. Doig addresses this nicely, exposing the provincialism that is common in New York and New Jersey. On a critical note, I think that Mr. Doig spends a little too much time on abstract political theory.
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The book is a terrific piece of history, well-researched and well-referenced. There are a lot of myths and misinformation about the PA, why it was founded, what it's original mission was, how and why that mission evolved over time. This book provides a great source of documented facts.

It's a fascinating story..
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Great book for anyone interested in NYC history. Made a great gift.
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If you're into history of NY this is an intersting book, politics and money wins all.
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