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Lead book review

The sadist who wrecked New York, and the last of the great biographers

The Power Broker, Robert Caro’s classic biography of Robert Moses is a monument to a bureaucratic monster — and a style of life-writing that has almost died out

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Robert Caro

The Bodley Head, pp.1246, £35, ISBN: 9781847923646

It is something of a mystery why the Bodley Head has decided to publish Robert Caro’s The Power Broker in Britain more than 40 years after the initial appearance in the US of this classic work — but better late than never. Caro’s remarkable portrait of New York City’s master planner Robert Moses merits publication in any language, at any moment in time.

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