"In the twentieth century, the influence of Robert Moses on the cities of America was greater than that of any other person": First Edition of The Power Broker; Signed By Robert A. Caro

  • The Power Broker.
  • The Power Broker.

The Power Broker.

Item Number: 80040

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974.

First edition of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning work on Robert Moses. Thick octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers. Signed by Robert A. Caro on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a few closed tears. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A very nice example of this bulky book, which tends to show wear.

One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, the Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today. "Surely the greatest book ever written about a city" (David Halberstam). Theodore H. White called it "A masterpiece of American reporting. It's more than the story of a tragic figure or the exploration of the unknown politics of our time. It's an elegantly written and enthralling work of art."