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The power broker : Robert Moses and the fall of New York,

by Robert A Caro

  Book : Biography  |  [1st ed.]

Errata re political facts   (2007-02-02)

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by wmblackburn

This book deserves its reputation as one of the great accounts of American urban history. But given the reputation of author Robert A. Caro for thorough research, the volume contains two glaring errors at which most political science students would wince. On page 284 Caro refers to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. as Eleanor Roosevelt's "cousin-in-law,"implying her relationship to be derivative from her marriage to Franklin Roosevelt. In fact Eleanor and TR, Jr. were first cousins, their fathers being brothers, whereas TR, Jr. and FDR were only distant (6th) cousins. Caro then at page 322 describes the 1932 Democratic National Convention's Vice Presidential nominee, Texan John Nance Garner, as the "Governor" of Texas, a position he never held. He was at the time the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.


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