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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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Dr. Leonard Vernon, of Laurel, New Jersey, is a recognized expert on Frank Hague. He is a well-known local author, and his works include Jewish South Jersey and Jersey City Medical Center, as well as A Profession Persecuted: The History of the Chiropractic Profession in New Jersey. Dr. Leonard Vernon, of Laurel, New Jersey, is a recognized expert on Frank Hague. He is a well-known local author, and his works include Jewish South Jersey and Jersey City Medical Center, as well as A Profession Persecuted: The History of the Chiropractic Profession in New Jersey.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609494687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609494681
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles H. Levenson on July 24, 2012
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Dr.Leonard F.Vernon,the author of this book,may well be a"recognized expert on"the subject of this biography,former Jersey City mayor Frank"I AM THE LAW"Hague..Vernon may well be able to tell us what Hague's shoe size was,or how often he dined at a particular eatery,but as far as producing an objective biography "fuggetaboutit"...
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..
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Since I grew up in Jersey City in the 50's - 60's I heard a lot about Mayor Hague. In fact my 3 kids were all born at the Margaret Hague.
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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This book is one of the first that I have read that actually treats Hague fairly. As a matter of fact it is really the only thing I have ever read that acknowledges many of the good things that he did. Vernon makes a point of spelling out how men like Curly of Boston, who were at least if not more corrupt than Hague are now idolized in Boston, while Hague's reputation is that of a dirty politician. The other interesting item was the fact that Hague's well oiled machine was so good that he really never had to resort to voter fraud to win elections. A FANTASTIC READ FOR ANYONE FROM OR WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN NEW JERSEY HISTORY AND/OR POLITICS.
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Leonard Vernon has masterfully balanced scholarly research with entertaining writing. Of particular interest is how he exposed how one biased source, when cited by other biographers, can create a misleading portrait of the subject. The character of a person cannot be fairly assessed outside the cultural and moral context of the time. Vernon made this clear. Frank Hague was not an angel or a devil. Vernon's biography brings meaning to the phrase "fair and balanced."
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This is a short story on the late Great Mayor Hague. I found it interesting to read , being a Jersey City NJ native. I highly recommended it , but it is a short read.Some good pic in it.
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According to legend, my great grandmother who was very active in Jersey City politics, knew Mayor Hague very well. I learned a lot about him that I didn't hear in those family 'legends'.
Diana Rubino
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