The Power Broker

Robert Moses is America's most famous—and infamous—city planner: for decades, he dictated the way one of the world's greatest cities developed and the impact of his decisions is still felt today. But how did he become such an influential figure, and does he truly live up to his reputation as the "master builder of New York"?

The Power Broker explores this complex and controversial figure and the ongoing effects of his divisive approach to urban development. Examining Moses's life and legacy provides both a fascinating portrait of twentieth-century New York and a valuable insight into the man who helped make it what it is today.

You will learn:

  • How Moses managed to control New York's development despite never holding an elected office
  • How Moses learned to compromise his idealism to achieve his aims
  • How a desire for power shaped both the rise and fall of Moses's career.