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The Life & Times of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague:: I Am the Law Paperback – November 18, 2011
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Vernon implies that poor old boss Hague hasn't got the sort of post-mortem recognition thatother political rogues have,old time bosses such as Curley of Boston or Daley of Chicago..Indeed,in the first few pages of his book Vernon goes to great lengths to attempt to darken the already dark reputations of Curley and Daley,attempting at the same time to suggest that if rogues like this can have parks,arenas and schools named after them after all of thier bad deeds why not Frank Hague as well?
Is is impudent to suggest that perhaps those who choose to honor the likes of Curley and Daley are at best misguided,and that the lack of such undeserved honors here in New Jersey for a dictatorial rogue like Hague speaks well of our notions as to who does and who does not deserve such honors?
Vernon claims,among other bizarre notions,that Hague ought to be honored because he provided turkey dinners for the poor at thanksgiving and christmas..Boss Tweed of new york city did the same while robbing that city blind.Vernon beats up on Boss Daley citing the so-called "police riot"that took place during the 1968 democratic convention in chicago,harrumphing about what a stain that episode was and how well-deserved the stink of it was,gloating that said stink forever sticks to Daley's memory..That"police riot" was broadcast live..Read more ›
However after reading this book I am still not sure what to think about it. Granted it was very well researched and gave a great history of the events in Hague's early life that lead to his political philosophy.
In the end I found it to be an apologist book on Frank Hague's life and times.
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An apologist's writing. Of little real value in my estimation. I would have preferred both sides of the story.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
good read, enjoyable- found it very interesting. insightful and informative. if you are from jersey city or interested im hudson county politics, pick it up!!!Published on December 20, 2013 by Joe nestor
Leonard Vernon is a master at enlightening and entertaining writing. Most importantly, Dr. Vernon doesn't hesitate from painting a true portrait of Frank Hague. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Randy Smith
Growing up in Jersey City this is a must read for all!
Brought back a lot of memories.
Great job of writing.
I will say I learned 2 things from the book I now know more about Mary Norton and why he wasn t loved more as some big city bosses of the era were.Published on March 10, 2013 by James M.Fisher Jr