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Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning : 1977, baseball, politics, and the battle for the soul of a city

Author: Jonathan Mahler
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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By early 1977, the metropolis was in the grip of hysteria caused by a murderer dubbed "Son of Sam." And on a sweltering night in July, a citywide power outage touched off an orgy of looting and arson that led to the largest mass arrest in New York's history. As the turbulent year wore on, the city became absorbed in two epic battles: the fight between Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Mahler, Jonathan, 1969-
Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
(OCoLC)607607815
Online version:
Mahler, Jonathan, 1969-
Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
(OCoLC)607896039
Named Person: Jonathan Mahler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Mahler
ISBN: 0374175284 9780374175283 0312424302 9780312424305
OCLC Number: 56057911
Description: x, 356 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Jonathan Mahler.
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By early 1977, the metropolis was in the grip of hysteria caused by a murderer dubbed "Son of Sam." And on a sweltering night in July, a citywide power outage touched off an orgy of looting and arson that led to the largest mass arrest in New York's history. As the turbulent year wore on, the city became absorbed in two epic battles: the fight between Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo for the city's mayoralty. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts, one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city, was the subtext of race. The brash and confident Jackson took every black myth and threw it back in white America's face. Meanwhile, Koch and Cuomo ran bitterly negative campaigns that played upon urbanites' fears of soaring crime and falling municipal budgets. These braided stories tell the history of a year that saw the opening of Studio 54, the evolution of punk rock, and the dawning of modern SoHo. As the pragmatist Koch defeated the visionary Cuomo and as Reggie Jackson finally rescued a team racked with dissension,1977 became a year of survival but also of hope. -- Publishers description.

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