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➱ A Prayer for the City Read ➹ Author H.G. Bissinger – Viagraonl1ne.us

A Prayer for the City A Prayer For The City Is Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Buzz Bissinger S True Epic Of Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, An Utterly Unique, Unorthodox, And Idiosyncratic Leader Who Will Do Anything To Save His City Take Unions Head On, Personally Lobby President Clinton To Save 10,000 Defense Jobs, Or Wrestle Smiley The Pig On Hot Dog Day All The While Bearing In Mind The Eternal Fickleness Of Constituents Whose Favor May Hinge On A Missed Garbage Pick Up Or An Overzealous Meter Maid It Is Also The Story Of Citizens In Crisis A Woman Fighting Ceaselessly To Give Her Great Grandchildren A Better Life, A Father Of Six Who May Lose His Job At The Navy Shipyard, And A Policy Analyst Whose Experiences As A Crime Victim Tempt Her To Abandon Her Job And Ideals Heart Wrenching And Hilarious, Alive With Detail And Insight, A Prayer For The City Describes A City On Its Knees And The Rare Combination Of Political Courage And Optimism That May Be The Only Hope For America S Urban Centers.

➱ A Prayer for the City  Read ➹ Author H.G. Bissinger – Viagraonl1ne.us
  • Paperback
  • 448 pages
  • A Prayer for the City
  • H.G. Bissinger
  • English
  • 20 June 2018
  • 0679744940

    10 thoughts on “➱ A Prayer for the City Read ➹ Author H.G. Bissinger – Viagraonl1ne.us


  1. says:

    This was certainly an odd choice for me to read while on vacation, i.e not in Philadelphia, but such is the library hold queue The author spent four years embedded in the first administration of Ed Rendell as Philadelphia mayor 1992 95 and wrote about all the highs rescuing the budget and lows losing the Navy Yard He had total access to Rendell and his chief of staff David Cohen, whom I liked better after reading this book because I ve only heard of him as the the chief lobbyist of Comc This was certainly an odd choice for me to read while on vacation, i.e not in Philadelphia, but such is the library hold queue The author spent four years embedded in the first administration of Ed Rendell as Philadelphia mayor 1992 95 and wrote about all the highs rescuing the budget and lows losing the Navy Yard He had total access to Rendell and his chief of staff David Cohen, whom I liked better after reading this book because I ve only heard of him as the the chief lobbyist of Comcast, an outright evil job.I most enjoyed the descriptions of my city and passionate arguments about how federal government policy screwed over urban areas leading to a vicious cycle of failure and flight What I liked less was Bissinger s writing style, which I thought was florid, sometimes veering into metaphors that I found barely comprehensible After Rendell intervene...


  2. says:

    If you loved the West Wing TV series, there are good chances that you ll like this book The author somehow finagled permission to be a fly on the wall during the Ed Rendell s first term as Philadelphia s Mayor 1992 1995 , embedding himself in the Chief of Staff s office, sitting in the shadows during executive meetings, even listening outside the door during tense confidential negotiations over navy yard reuse proposals Readers are granted shockingly unfettered access to the internal workin If you love...


  3. says:

    What Bissinger has written is both paean and elegy to the once grand, once thriving American city The focus is Philadelphia, but the story represents the plight of all the large urban centers across the country cities whose revitalized downtowns are deceptive, a brocade curtain hiding a crumbling stage set It s hard to believe that Ed Rendell, newly elected mayor of Philadelphia, would allow Bissinger to follow him around for four years, giving him access to meetings, policy debates, and What Bissinger has written is both paean and elegy to the once grand, once thriving American city The focus is Philadelphia, but the story represents the plight of all the large urban centers across the country cities whose revitalized downtowns are deceptive, a brocade curtain hiding a crumbling stage set It s ...


  4. says:

    I don t know if a better book has been written about local politics This book may be one of the best ones I ve read about politics, period It s a dizzying portrayal of a big city mayor trying to navigate the shark infested waters of public empl...


  5. says:

    There s a good book to be found in the text of this book the political chess playing on its own would make a three , maybe four star book But as it s presented, Bissinger s too fundamentally dishonest and crowd pleasing in his presentation for this to merit serious consideration as meaningful nonfiction He seems to lack all respect for his presumed audience, between his narrative gimmicks and the sheer transparency of his emotional manipulation it comes across as an insecurity in the strengt There s a good book to be found in the text of this book the political chess playing on its own ...


  6. says:

    I grew up in Philly, spent 16 years of schooling there, and now live in South Jersey and still work in Philly I learnedabout the city during the 1.5 weeks I was reading this book than I did in all that other time combined The depth of the reporting, the range of stories covered, the ability to sort through reams of information it s all really impressive But it s not just a Philly book it s a book about the slow decay of the American city and the ways people have tried to combat that I grew up in Philly, spent 16 years of schooling there, and now live in South Jersey and still work in Philly I learnedabout the city during the 1.5 weeks I was reading this book than I did in all that other time combined The depth of the reporting, the range of stories covered, the ability to sort through reams of information it s all really impressive But it s not just a Philly book it s a book about the slow decay of the American city and the ways people have tried to combat that death, with all the inherent political mess that comes with that territory Although the 92 96 timeframe may seem dated, it s actuallyfascinating now to see it because the book opens with Mayor Rendell saying his economic plan will shape the city for the next...


  7. says:

    If you love cities read this To understand how the American city has been methodically undermined by public policy throughout the 20th century and to see an exceptional pair of men fight the good fight through their own flaws, read this Very well written book about the first term of Mayor Rendell in Philadelphia I live in the city and love the city and this broke my heart, but left me hopeful that there are still people in public service who want cities to survive...


  8. says:

    As an inside look at how politics gets done in a big city, this is pretty much unparallelled, and all of its observations about how cities have been abandoned and screwed over are pretty much right on the money So why didn t I like this I think Bissinger s writing is pretty unimpressive the whole thing has these weird macho New Journalism airs about it, which I recognize as an attempt to spice things up but feels a little overcompensating Nevertheless, it s 100% necessary reading for unders As an inside look at how politics gets done in a big city, this is pretty much unparallelled, and all of its observations about how cities have been abandoned and screwed over are pretty much right on the money So why didn t I lik...


  9. says:

    Buzz Bissinger is too passionately intense I had to read this in graduate school and I have an autographed copy, dated 9.8.98 within a week or so of starting the official program I went to school at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia He wrote for the Inquirer, the morning paper It is about the amazing turn around orchestrated by Ed Rendell Philadelphia has gone to hell in the proceeding 15 years neoliberalism is to blame I am sure And a few Republican administrations in bet Buzz Bissinger is too pass...


  10. says:

    I read this at the same time I was watching the first two seasons of The Wire from HBO Both of them tell stories about post industrial cities struggling to find a life line into the 21st century A friend of mine assured me the other day that the City will be reborn in the 21st century but I m not quite so sure As I live in Milwaukee and see all the problems a City like this faces, it becomes quite daunting.I think Ed Rendell can be categorized as one of those hero humans who does the best h I read this at the same time I was watching the first two seasons of The Wire from HBO Both of them tell stories about post industrial cities struggling to find a life line into the 21st century A friend of mine assured me the other day that the City will be reborn in the 21st century but I m not quite so sure As I live in Milwaukee and see all the problems a City like this faces, it becomes quite daunting.I think Ed Ren...

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