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Giuliani: Nasty Man

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The 105th mayor of New York City takes on the 107th mayor of New York City in this recycling of Kochs newspaper columns from 1994 to the present. (Hizzoner has been taking on Hizzoner in the pages of the Daily News since the latter took office.) After taking credit in his prologue for helping Giuliani get elected, Koch rapidly goes from acknowledging Giulianis achievements (such as a drastically lowered crime rate) to criticizing him as an authoritarian publicity hound who cant admit when hes made a mistake. The columns touch on everything from Giulianis confrontation with schools chancellor Ramon Cortines early in his first term to more recent controversies such as the polices brutal killinig of the unarmed Amadou Diallo. The mayors enemies might welcome yet another opportunity to nod their heads in agreement about this ``nasty man.'' -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156980155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569801550
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,337,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed nails the Fuhrer! From his earliest heinous misteps, this lisping loser of a mayor has proven that New York is still home to aliens! Koch has nailed him in print like so many others have done from the op-ed pages to talk radio. It's funny Rudy labels Hillary Clinton a carpetbagger, when he understands so little about the heart & soul of the greatest city in the country. From trying to arrest jaywalkers, to driving all the old New York cabbies out of business, to trying to regulate picnics in Central Park, and now wanting to censor the art at the Brooklyn Museum, Giuliani has proven how far removed he is from the essence of this city. Hitler "cleaned up" Germany, too. Thank God he's leaving, and woe be the nation if this monster gets a vote in the U.S. Senate! Way to go, Ed! You're doin' great! Keep at it so we don't all have to be embarassed by this baffoon!
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Giuliani is described as petty and vindictive and Ed Koch's observations were seconded by David Dinkins who succeeded him. As Koch correctly points out crime in NYC went down consistently year after year during Giuliani's term in office. But Giuliani would do his best to take sole credit for it. Totally ignored is the fact that after peaking in 1990, crime started dropping under Dinkins in 1991 and 1992 before Giuliani took office. It also helped enormously that under Clinton some 40,000 police officers were added to the rolls of America's cities and NYC got its proportionate share.

He hated free speech when it did not suit his purposes, hit against his control issues or worse, when it criticized him. Instead of outwitting and disarming his adversaries with humor as Koch did rather brilliantly, Giuliani would attack.

In April 1999, Giuliani earned a dubious distinction from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression: a "lifetime Muzzle award," given to spotlight his attacks on the First Amendment. Noted First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, who was Giuliani's adversary in the Brooklyn Museum controversy (another story Koch notes) and other First Amendment disputes during the mayor's tenure. So often in fact did he take authoritarian action in direct and unambiguous violation of the First Amendment that he was reprimanded by the Court of Appeals.

My favorite bit is the anecdote about the case of the bus ads for New York Magazine. In 1997, the magazine purchased space on the sides of city buses for ads with the slogan, "Possibly the only good thing in New York Rudy hasn't taken credit for." Giuliani directed the Metropolitan Transportation Agency to remove the ads, and when he was refused, brought the issue to court where Giuliani lost.
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For those of you readers who do not agree with Ed Koch's opinions in this courageous book, I suggest you read a 1987 publication " THE PROSECUTORS" by James B. Stewart WSJ. The damage done by Giuliani to the careers of his former associates reveals the true nature of his ambitions.
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As a NYC resident I found this book to be a necessary read for those who plan on voting in the senate race! Congratulations Mr. Koch on an honest and critical critique of the man who has disneyfied NYC.
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