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Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined with Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
In this intriguing memoir, Cianci details how he became the longest-serving mayor in the history of Providence, R.I. Elected in 1974 as a Republican in an overwhelmingly Democratic city, he held the position until 1984 when he was forced to step down after being convicted of assault. Cianci won the mayoralty again in 1991 and remained in office until a racketeering conviction sent him to prison in 2002. A relentless charmer, Cianci became the public face of Providence's transformation from a shabby northeastern city hemorrhaging jobs and taxpayers to a regional center of tourism and culture. The tone is folksy and occasionally crude, but Cianci's jokes are often at his own expense and a shrewd intelligence shines through; it's easy to understand why he kept getting re-elected. Cianci readily admits to the role luck and money played in his success, and even admits to some major mistakes. More subtly, the former mayor reveals the intricacies of the horse-trading that makes politics go. In places his memoir reads as an extended advertisement for the Providence renaissance, which makes perfect sense: in Cianci's mind, there wasn't much difference between the city and its mayor. 8-page b&w photo insert. (Mar.)
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A Providence Journal Bestseller
"Look up controversial in the dictionary and Buddy Cianci's picture will be there. As he is happy to tell you, he never backed down from a fight or a challenge while rebuilding a great city, and he'll make you laugh while doing it."--Sean Hannity
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I live in Providence and Buddy was and will always be 'The Mayor', no matter who currently is sitting in the chair at city hall.
This book reads fast as you can not put it down. There is a lot of humor, but Buddy also admits what he did wrong and reflects on those things as well as all the great accomplishments he brought to the city.
Without Buddy, Providence never would have gone through the revival that it did. Sadly this is not the way things are now. But when Cianci was mayor, things were great.
There are of course people who dislike Cianci, and that is no secret. But love him or hate him. his story is interesting and well told.
Great book. Highly recommended.
Plus the corruption that went on before he took over was rampant. It made his years as mayor look like romper room. But what happens...., he ends up going to jail. He got screwed, plain and simple. I knew this before reading the book. And then he explains it all in detail.
On a lighter note the things that I really enjoyed reading were some of the funny stories he tells about his years as mayor. He is a very funny person and a great story teller. He has a very quick wit and can think extremely quick on his feet. He was also a great speaker. I will never forget the speech he gave at the Columbus Day Feast in Providence weeks after the 9/11 tragedy.
Talk about someone who gets knocked down and keeps getting back up....that's Buddy ....he is the ultimate survivor!!!
If you are familiar with the city of Providence, you will know the transformation from a pit to the fantastic city it is today. Personally I credit Buddy, right or wrong. I am a visitor to Providence only, I do not live there so this is from an outsiders perspective.
Over the years I watched the news, read the papers, read the books, and listened to talk radio all hammer the Mayor relentlessly and I always wanted to hear the other side of the argument. Something just never seemed to add up to me. There always seemed to be inconsistencies in the reporting as if they all had a vendetta against him or some sort of jealousy or ulterior motive. Certain judges rulings in the court case perplexed me as so very unfair and seriously biased. FINALLY you get to hear the other side of it, and it's revealed in a very witty and interesting story.
I never lived in Providence but followed Buddy's life through the media and watched firsthand the transformation of the city from the time I was a teenager, clubbing and taking advantage of its nightlife, up until today, over 30 years later. Arguably the result of Buddy's vision and tenacious resourcefulness the city today bares no resemblance to the dull gray lifeless place it used to be. In his book he'll let you in on the iron will and determination it took to make this transformation happen. I loved this book, it was so much fun to read.
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