A Launching of The NYCPF Book Club!

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Very excited to be launching our very own Book Club!

Here are the reasons why you should attend The NYCPF Book Club discussions:

• Are you constantly looking for and / or offering book recommendations?

• Do you have an insatiable appetite for reading?

• Do you have an "eclectic" taste in books that you wish to share with others?

• Do you enjoy in-depth and insightful discussions based on a subject matter that only a book can offer?

• The Book Club discussions will invite each reader to an "intellectual journey" to understand the characters, the stakeholders, the issues, the situs, etc.

The subject matters of a book selection may include the following areas of interest: political philosophy and theory, economy and finance, history, biography, memoirs, geopolitical case studies, social research, or even a good-ole fashioned novel, based on the previously-mentioned themes.


For starters, our first book selection is:

The Power Broker -- Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (by Robert Caro © 1974)

Synopsis: Moses was arguably the most influential individual of the Twentieth Century who: 1) was never elected to a public office; and 2) single-handedly re-shaped and altered the public landscape of the City and Long Island. If you wish to explore the complex history of the urban development of this City -- as well as the inner-workings of the local political dynamics -- this is a must-read.

A used copy of this book, or an e-book, is reasonably priced, generally under twenty dollars.


For the first meetup, we'll discuss Chapters 4 to 8:

Chapter 4: Burning

Chapter 5: Age of Optimism

Chapter 6: Curriculum of Changes

Chapter 7: Change in Major

Chapter 8: The Tate of Power

These chapters total up to just under eighty pages. Given the voluminous nature of the book -- over a thousand pages -- we'll cover a few chapters at a time.

Chapters One to Three are Moses' early years as a college student -- while these chapters are informative and provides a background context, the discussions will not be focused on these chapters.


Finally, there will be very limited spots for this meetup. It is strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of this book by no later than mid-May so that you have plenty of time to read it. Obviously, the readings are mandatory, if you wish to attend.