Robert Caro: Reflections on Robert Moses

Robert Caro, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (Knopf, 1974) and the three-volume The Years of Lyndon Johnson, will offer reflections on the career of Robert Moses three decades after the publication of his seminal biography.

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Okay, so the question comprising the title of this post sounds naive enough to border on rhetorical. But in light of the city’s current development climate, it takes a stronger resolve than mine to read "Power Broken," by NYU’s Thomas Bender, without wondering which side of the fence to come down on. Published in the latest edition of […]