Jonathan Soffer, author of the first authorized biography of the controversial New York mayor. Soffer examines whether Koch was a racist demagogue or a pragmatic liberal, and in his signature straightforward style, Koch discusses his choices and the structures he created that helped forge the city we live in today. Jonathan Soffer is an urban historian and the author of Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City.
Ed Koch was mayor of New York for three terms (1978-1989). Prior to being mayor, Koch served for nine years as a congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. Koch hosts a Friday evening call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR) and is also a commentator on that station; he also appears weekly on NY1 television with former Senator Alfonse D’Amato. Koch is the author of numerous books, including Mayor, Citizen Koch, Ed Koch on Everything, Giuliani Nasty Man, I’m Not Done Yet: Remaining Relevant, Buzz: How to Create It and Win with It, and most recently, The Koch Papers: My Fight Against Anti-Semitism.
Jonathan Soffer is an urban historian and the author of Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City.
Former NYC mayor Ed Koch says the Tea Party is not a party, rather a vehicle for anger. Koch emphasizes with discontented Americans, arguing that, "These people who almost destroyed the country, they're still out there. They're still running Wall Street."
(born Dec. 12, 1924, New York, N.Y., U.S.) U.S. politician. After serving in the army during World War II, he graduated from New York University Law School. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968, and in 1978 he was elected to the first of three terms as mayor of New York City. Koch is credited with bringing fiscal stability to the insolvent city and with instituting merit selection of city judges. His brash forthrightness made him an entertaining and popular figure, but his demeanour and his rhetoric increasingly came to be seen as unkind and divisive and eventually resulted in his defeat. He later became a columnist and talk-show host.
Koch is absolutely right about Wall Street. See the Oscar documentary, "Inside Job."
Also: "The WARNING" on PBS Frontline. The crash had been predicted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner, Brooksley Born. She tried to put in regulations but was stopped cold by Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, and Larry Summers.
And finally, the terrific written expose' "GRIFTOPIA" by Matt Taibbi, a Rolling Stone journalist.
I especially like Matt's chapters on Goldman Sachs' incredible scams, and on Greenspan, "The Biggest Asshole in the Universe"
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