Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics

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PublicAffairs, Sep 22, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
A biography of the business mogul, former New York City mayor, and 2020 democratic presidential candidate

Mike Bloomberg has repeatedly defied the standard models for success. He has never won a crowd over with his speaking prowess. Rooms do not hush with anticipation when he enters. Celebrity stalkers do not haunt him. But his unparalleled achievements drip with the dynamism that his public persona lacks. His penchant for problem solving and impressive ability to chart his own path has led to his great success as a business genius, self-made billionaire, and influential mayor. In this brilliant biography, former New York Times columnist and editor Joyce Purnick unravels this great American enigma from his childhood in the suburbs of Boston, to his rise on Wall Street and the creation of Bloomberg L.P., to his mayoral record and controversial campaign trail for a third term.

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Before 9/11, the campaign of Mike Bloomberg to replace Rudy Giuliani as mayor of New York City seemed quixotic, at best. Although the massive wealth earned by Bloomberg through his eponymous company ... Read full review

MIKE BLOOMBERG: The Mogul and the Mayor

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Generally admiring biography of the New York politician whom many have criticized but few have outflanked.Former New York Times columnist Purnick has been on the mayoral beat for years. Her study of ... Read full review


FIVE Crashing the Alist
SIX Enter the High Roller
Tragedy Trumps Politics
EIGHT Money Money on the Wall
NINE Managing City Hall
Olympian Dreams
FIFTEEN Footprints

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Joyce Purnick, a veteran New York reporter and editor, wrote the award-winning Metro Matters column at the New York Times for ten years. She joined the paper in 1979, after writing at the New York Post and New York magazine, becoming the first woman to head the Times's City Hall bureau and its Metro department. She has, so far, covered six mayors of New York. Ms. Purnick, a Barnard College graduate, lives in Manhattan with her husband and is the admiring stepmother of three and grandmother of six.

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