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Giuliani: Nasty Man
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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.Read more ›
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Giuliani Nasty Man, is a compilation of newspaper columns by former Mayor Ed Koch about Giuliani. The book is not indexed, there is no table of contents, and it is sometimes hard... Read morePublished on September 3, 2005 by JAMES FIORENTINI
First off, this book doesn't get 1 star simply because I disagree with his opinions. I give it that because it's poorly written with underdeveloped arguements that would lead me... Read morePublished on November 10, 2001 by Duke
When Ed Koch's book Mayor came out, it was an exhilarating read. The unstated theme of the book was that the City of New York was going to Hell, that no one could prevent it from... Read morePublished on July 13, 2000
As someone who saw how Ed Koch pushed New York to the very brink (and how David Dinkins pushed it over), I find it ironic that the famously prickly Koch could attack Giuliani the... Read morePublished on December 17, 1999