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Mike Bloomberg

Mike Bloomberg

Money, Power, Politics

Michael Bloomberg is not only New York City's 108th mayor; he is a business genius and self-made billionaire. He has run the toughest city in America with an independence and show of ego that first brought him great success—and eventually threatened it. Yet while Bloomberg is internationally known and admired, few people know the man behind the carefully crafted public persona.

In Mike Bloomberg, Joyce Purnick explores Mr. Bloomberg's life from his childhood in the suburbs of Boston, to his rise on Wall Street and the creation of Bloomberg L.P., to his mayoral record and controversial gamble on a third term. Drawing on her deep knowledge of New York City politics, and interviews with Bloomberg's friends, family, colleagues, and the mayor himself, she creates a textured portrait of one of the more complex men of our era.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Political

On Sale: September 22nd 2009

Price: $9.99 / $12.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780786746217

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Reader Reviews


“Of interest to students of Gotham politics….The author’s careful account of [Bloomberg’s term limit] victory – a worthy case study for anyone seeking ways to game a system designed to protect voters from anti-democratic dynasties – is worth the price of the book.”

Financial Times
“If all goes as expected, in November Mike Bloomberg will be elected mayor of New York City for the third time. The richest man in the city he governs, with an estimated wealth of 20bn, is again using this money to fund a lavish campaign. If he wins, he will have spent at least 250m for the privilege of holding one of the most aggravating and intoxicating jobs in US politics. But running for a third term carries an even higher price, according to Purnick’s biography. To do it, Bloomberg worked to overturn the city’s two-term limit, despite previously supporting it. “He’s a different guy than he was a year ago,” Purnick quotes a friend. “He breached his own code of ethics.” Purnick, a New York Times reporter, is mostly admiring. “Ed Koch cracked the eggs, [Rudy] Giuliani assembled the ingredients, and then Bloomberg made the omelette,” she writes of his role in New York’s resurgence.”

New York Times Book Review
“Purnick’s reporting…is detailed and delightful.”

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