King of the Bowery
Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City From the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era
Although he's barely remembered now, the presence of "Big Tim" Sullivan loomed large over New York City and the urban politics of the years between 1890 and 1914. Welch (American History and Irish History, Long Island University) presents the first book-length biography of Sullivan, showing his rise from the squalid Five Points to control of the Lower East Side and, ultimately, all of New York City. This account shows Sullivan as a complicated man: a vice lord whose generosity and largesse towards his supporter was legendary; and a corrupt Tammany Hall politician who nonetheless was a strong supporter of the progressive reforms of the early 20th century. Welch's accessible writing style makes this well-researched book a pleasant read. It will appeal to readers interested in the history of New York or in urban politics. (Excelsior Editions is an imprint of Sate University of New York Press) Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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