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I never did like politics : how Fiorello La Guardia became America's mayor, and why he still matters

I never did like politics : how Fiorello La Guardia became America's mayor, and why he still matters / Terry Golway.
First edition.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2024.
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vi, 295 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A hugely entertaining celebration of one of America's greatest politicians--a source of inspiration for our equally challenging times....Fiorello La Guardia was one of the twentieth century's most colorful politicians--on the New York and national stage. He was also quintessentially American: the son of Italian immigrants, who rose in society through sheer will and chutzpah. Almost one hundred years later, America is once again grappling with issues that would have been familiar to the Little Flower, as he was affectionately known. It's time to bring back La Guardia, argues historian and journalist Terry Golway, to remind us all what an effective municipal officer (as he preferred to call himself) can achieve....Golway examines La Guardia's extraordinary career through four essential qualities: As a patriot, a dissenter, a leader, and a statesman. He needed them all when he stood against the nativism, religious and racial bigotry, and reactionary economic policies of the 1920s, and again when he faced the realities of Depression-era New York and the rise of fascism at home and abroad in the 1930s. Just before World War II, the Roosevelt administration formally apologized to the Nazis when La Guardia referred to Hitler as a "brown-shirted fanatic." There was nobody quite like Fiorello La Guardia. In this immensely readable book, as entertaining as the man himself, Terry Golway captures the enduring appeal of one of America's greatest leaders"-- Provided by publisher.
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How Fiorello La Guardia became America's mayor, and why he still matters
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April 23, 2024
Includes bibliographical references and index.
New Americans
Army brat
The flying congressman
In defense of democracy
At war, again
The anti-politician politician
The immigrant's friend
Ideas before party
Roaring against the twenties
He doth protest
Before he ran City Hall
Now we have a mayor
A day in the life of the mayor: his first
Taking command
Model homes
The city takes flight
Working for justice
Comic relief
Foiling Henry Ford
Mediating civil rights
The refugees' advocate
Epilogue: Final days.

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