By Kenneth D. Ackerman
Starred evaluate. William Marcy Tweed didn't invent graft, yet he rigged elections and stole from the general public on an extraordinary scale, gaining a stranglehold on long island urban and collecting an enormous own fortune. through the early 1870s, he and his "ring" had skimmed among $25 and $40 million from the municipal treasury, a superb quantity even in an period infamous for robber barons and industry manipulators. Ackerman, the writer of The Gold Ring: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday 1869, a ebook approximately different Gilded Age scoundrels, deftly chronicles Tweed's epic upward push and supreme shame, giving us a nuanced portrait of the "Boss." Early in his profession, Tweed brilliantly famous that he may perhaps win energy by means of mobilizing New York's teeming working-class and immigrant wards. via patronage and largesse, Tweed recruited a military of ballot-box stuffers who helped set up his cronies in place of work, permitting him to award jobs and contracts to acquaintances whereas punishing enemies. Tweed's ring borrowed monstrous quantities at the city's tab and spent lavishly on such public tasks as valuable Park, making Tweed "the city's grand benefactor, Santa Claus with a diamond pin." yet whereas Ackerman supplies Tweed his due, describing how the Boss's desktop aided the terrible and helped modernize a crowded, chaotic urban, the writer is just too clear-eyed to give his topic as a latter-day Robin Hood. Ackerman's Boss Tweed robbed everyone-and stored lots for himself. And eventually, Tweed's corruption and financial recklessness had crippling outcomes for town lengthy after he died, penniless, in penitentiary. in any case, this ebook isn't just a compelling examine the colourful but ruthless guy who invented the large urban political laptop, it's also the gripping tale of the way committed newspapermen and zealous reformers introduced down a infamous kingpin.
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