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The Life and Century of Charles C. Burlingham, New York's First Citizen, 1858-1959

George Martin

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The exemplary life of an extraordinary politician and reformer.

Though he held no elected or appointed office, the New York City lawyer Charles C. Burlingham had great influence with those who did, and used it in unusual ways. George Martin's surprising biography shows how one citizen, working quietly behind the scenes, became a power broker who transformed his country's civic life.

Growing up after the Civil War, CCB--as everyone called him--was enthralled by America's dynamism of his city but shocked by the social costs of modernization, and he deplored the endemic corruption of city politics; eventually he let his law practice take a backseat to civil reform work. His second career in "meddling," as he called it, helped to put great judges on the bench (among them Benjamin Cardozo) and climaxed when he arranged the Fusion reform ticket on which Fiorello La Guardia swept to victory in 1933. Nor does Martin neglect Burlingham's private life--his eccentric wife, tragically afflicted son, and daughter-in-law Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, who took CCB's grandchildren off to Vienna to be analyzed, as she was, by Sigmund and Anna Freud.

This adroit, engaging account of a high-spirited, good-hearted, talented man, chronicling his witty, effective commitment to social betterment, vividly documents a century of change in the ways Americans lived, their cities were governed, and their nation fought wars.

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George Martin

George Martin is the author of a dozen books, including biographies of Frances Perkins and Giuseppe Verdi. He lives in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

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The Life and Century of Charles C. Burlingham, New York's First Citizen, 1858-1959
George Martin

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
April 2005
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780809073177
ISBN10: 080907317X
6 x 9 inches, 704 pages, 16 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations/Notes/Bibliography/Index
$35.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
April 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998789
ISBN10: 1429998784
704 pages, Includes 16 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography, and an Index
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