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Mike Bloomberg

Money, Power, Politics

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Regular Price $11.99 CAD

Regular Price $9.99

Regular Price $11.99 CAD

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Sep 22, 2009

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272 Pages




A biography of the business mogul, former New York City mayor, and 2020 democratic presidential candidate

Mike Bloomberg has repeatedly defied the standard models for success. He has never won a crowd over with his speaking prowess. Rooms do not hush with anticipation when he enters. Celebrity stalkers do not haunt him. But his unparalleled achievements drip with the dynamism that his public persona lacks. His penchant for problem solving and impressive ability to chart his own path has led to his great success as a business genius, self-made billionaire, and influential mayor. In this brilliant biography, former New York Times columnist and editor Joyce Purnick unravels this great American enigma 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 campaign trail for a third term.

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“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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