The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fred Siegel

Narrated By: Brian Emerson

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2006

Duration: 14 hours 27 minutes


In the first post-9/11 account of the career of the man who established himself as "America's Mayor" in the dark days after America was attacked, Fred Siegel examines Rudy Giuliani's successes in New York and how his eight years in office prepared him to rise to the occasion. The Prince of the City is at once a fascinating character study, a history of New York over the last forty years, and a classic inquiry into the issue of how cities thrive or die.


  • Anonymous

    Even non-New Yorkers are aware of Mayor Giuliani's leadership following the attack of 9/11. But this book details much more of Giuliani's years as Mayor of N.Y. Siegel portrays the Mayor as a tireless and shrewd tactician and a visionary leader. The book shows how NY was turned around during the Giuliani years, seeing improvements in crime reduction, private housing ownership increases, welfare reduction, quality of life improvements, economy, budget, education, etc., all accomplished while being able to reduce taxes. People who see educational improvement and poverty reduction as being proportional to spending may not like what they read here, since Giuliani was able to forge improvements by introducing work-fare vs. welfare and fighting for educational program improvements by cutting waste. Many interesting stories and details, and you have to look favorably upon the Giulaini approach to governance when compared to Mayor Lindsey, Mayor Dinkins, etc.