The Power Broker is the true story of a young man with a dream to build the infrastructure of New York city.

A Yale and Oxford University alumnus, Robert Moses realises early on that he needs to be in a position of power to use his education and training to bring about the change he wants to see.

He finds the source of power and gathers the support needed to build his own power.

He learns how to get his projects approved and get the necessary funding and eventually ends up creating an empire of sorts.

He managed to turn his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government that could immobilise those in power by using the economic forces of unions, insurance firms and the like.

A winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, the book wonderfully narrates the hidden story of how Robert was practically the most powerful man in New York for almost half a century.

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TO DO: Read The Power Broker by Robert Caro.

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