Citizen Koch : an autobiography

by Koch, Ed, 1924-2013.

Format: Print Book 1992
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F128.54.K63 A3 1992
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  F128.54.K63 A3 1992
 
 
Summary
The How'm I Doing? mayor is back and more candid than ever as he offers hilarious anecdotes and witty reminiscences from his years in public life, and confronts head-on the controversial issues that have dogged him throughout his entire political career and private life. Photographs.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gabby, caustic, funny, a self-described liberal with sanity, Koch has a blustering public persona backed by astute, subway-stop politicking; and New York voters rewarded him with a ladder of electoral successes: city councilman, U.S. congressman, and thrice mayor. He wrote about these heydays in Mayor and Politics, in his inimitably non-Aristotelean, straight-from-the-lip fashion, and here he reminisces about his pre- and postpolitical life. Raised by Polish immigrants who struggled through the Depression, he says the whole world seemed Jewish to him until, drafted into the army, he lost a fight to an anti-Semite but won respect from the unit. Pausing for a few ghastly war stories from skirmishes he survived in Holland, Koch then engagingly regales with anecdotes about a galaxy of personalities, from those he detests (Mario Cuomo) to those he admires (Mother Theresa). The subject likely to attract Koch-watchers the most, however, is the bribery scandal in his third mayoral term that resulted in several jailings, one suicide, and one contemplated suicide: his own. That crisis, too, did pass, leaving intact Koch's life and clean-guy repute. Hizzoner has previously climbed the best-seller charts, and even if this garrulous story of his favorite subject--himself--may not ascend as high, it augers to interest haters or lovers of the Big Apple, i.e., everybody. ~--Gilbert Taylor"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Patriots will be heartened to learn that the former mayor of New York City, who reaffirms here that he ``rarely forgives, and never forgets,'' hasn't lost his edge, even though he protests that ``as mayor, I didn't think I could spare the time to be as nice as I really am.'' About New York governor Mario Cuomo, he opines: ``Listening to him is a lot like listening to a Japanese haiku''; David Dinkins, Koch's successor, ``is neither lucky nor able . . . only during his administration could New York City suffer a drought in the winter''; columnist Jimmy Breslin is ``one of the most intellectually dishonest reporters in the country.'' Koch-bashers, for their part, will be dumbfounded to discover that His Honor was indeed of woman born, as he recalls with nostalgia and affection his Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, especially his mother--which perhaps explains why he didn't leave home until age 32. Writing with Paisner (coauthor, with Geraldo Rivera, of Exposing Myself ), the 67-year old Koch, who has been a private citizen since 1990 after a political career that began in 1963, talks pridefully about his life after the mayoralty as an attorney, radio and TV host, movie reviewer, lecturer, etc. So how's he doin'? ``My belly is flat . . . I feel terrific.'' Photos not seen by PW . (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Koch, Ed, -- 1924-2013.
Mayors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,1992
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Paisner, Daniel.
Language English
Notes "A Thomas Dunne book."
Includes index.
Description xvii, 281 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 0312081618
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