Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book makes public what few outsiders knew: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of his time in New York. Caro opens up the way in which politics really happens— the way things really get done in America’s City Halls and Statehouses — and brings to light a bonanza of vital information about national and City figures. The Power Broker
is a brilliant multidimensional portrait of a man who, denied power within the normal framework of the democratic process, stepped outside to grasp authority. He dominated the politics and politicians of his time — without ever having been elected to any office. Finally, he was stripped of his reputation and his power. We will read The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro
(Vintage, 1974) over two terms, starting in the spring and finishing at the end of the fall semester. We will read about 40 pages a week in each of the two semesters. In spring, we will complete parts 1-5. In the fall 2020, we will read parts 6 and 7. Participation is requested and encouraged.