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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning

1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of A City
Mahler, Jonathan, 1969- (Book - 2005)
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning
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The author chronicles a year in the life of New York City, gazing at the metropolis through the lens of the Yankees, exploring issues of race and crime and profliling Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Ed Koch, and Mario Cuomo, among others.

McMillan Palgrave
“Masterful . . . In Mahler’s expert hands, the city’s outsized citizens are flawed, fierce,
bickersome, and as indomitable as the metropolis itself.” —Mike Sokolove, author of The Ticket Out

A passionate and dramatic account of a year in the life of a city, when baseball and crime reigned supreme, and when several remarkable figures emerged to steer New York clear of one of its most harrowing periods.

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.


Holtzbrinck
“Masterful . . . In Mahler’s expert hands, the city’s outsized citizens are flawed, fierce,
bickersome, and as indomitable as the metropolis itself.” —Mike Sokolove, author of The Ticket Out

A passionate and dramatic account of a year in the life of a city, when baseball and crime reigned supreme, and when several remarkable figures emerged to steer New York clear of one of its most harrowing periods.

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.


Blackwell North Amer
In the summer of 1976, New York City hosted the Democratic National Convention. Bathed in the progressive rhetoric of the party and the national pride of the Bicentennial celebration, the city seemed poised to rise above its steadily sinking fortunes.
It would not. The metropolis was soon in the grip of hysteria caused by a prowling murderer dubbed "Son of Sam" and, later that year, would experience an unprecedented wave of crime. The following year saw the city continuing to decline, and would come to be defined by two epic struggles: the bitter feud between Yankees phenom Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship.
Buried beneath these parallel conflicts - one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of a city - was the subtext of race. The brash and confident Jackson took every black myth and threw it back in white America's face, all while the ghettoes of New York went up in flames. Koch and Cuomo ran bitterly negative campaigns that played upon urbanites' fears of growing crime rates and declining municipal budgets.
These braided stories tell the narrative history of 1977, when the city died but was also reborn - a year that saw an infamous citywide blackout, the opening of Studio 54, the evolution of punk rock, the apex of the graffiti movement, and the dawning of modern SoHo.

Authors: Mahler, Jonathan, 1969-
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Mahler
Title: Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning
1977, baseball, politics, and the battle for the soul of a city
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2005
Characteristics: x, 356 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-354)
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) History 1951- New York (N.Y.) Social conditions 20th century New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs 20th century New York Yankees (Baseball team) History 20th century New York Yankees (Baseball team) Biography City and town life New York (State) New York History 20th century Mahler, Jonathan, 1969- Childhood and youth
Topical Term: City and town life
Alternate Title: Bronx is burning
LCCN: 2004016804
ISBN: 0374175284
0312424302
Branch Call Number: 974.7104 M
Research Call Number: IRGC 05-3178
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