By Kenneth D. Ackerman
Starred evaluation. William Marcy Tweed didn't invent graft, yet he rigged elections and stole from the general public on an exceptional scale, gaining a stranglehold on ny urban and accumulating an enormous own fortune. via the early 1870s, he and his "ring" had skimmed among $25 and $40 million from the municipal treasury, a brilliant volume even in an period infamous for robber barons and industry manipulators. Ackerman, the writer of The Gold Ring: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday 1869, a ebook approximately different Gilded Age scoundrels, deftly chronicles Tweed's epic upward push and supreme shame, giving us a nuanced portrait of the "Boss." Early in his profession, Tweed brilliantly well-known that he may possibly win energy by way of mobilizing New York's teeming working-class and immigrant wards. via patronage and largesse, Tweed recruited a military of ballot-box stuffers who helped set up his cronies in place of work, permitting him to award jobs and contracts to buddies whereas punishing enemies. Tweed's ring borrowed large quantities at the city's tab and spent lavishly on such public initiatives as crucial Park, making Tweed "the city's grand benefactor, Santa Claus with a diamond pin." yet whereas Ackerman provides Tweed his due, describing how the Boss's desktop aided the bad and helped modernize a crowded, chaotic urban, the writer is simply too clear-eyed to offer his topic as a latter-day Robin Hood. Ackerman's Boss Tweed robbed everyone-and saved lots for himself. And eventually, Tweed's corruption and financial recklessness had crippling results for town lengthy after he died, penniless, in penitentiary. finally, this e-book isn't just a compelling examine the colourful but ruthless guy who invented the large urban political computer, it's also the gripping tale of ways committed newspapermen and zealous reformers introduced down a infamous kingpin.
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