Boss Tweed by Kenneth D. Ackerman
The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York

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William Magear Tweed, America's most corrupt politician ever, ruled New York City in the 1860s and 1870s. He rigged the votes, bribed the legislature, and stole on a massive scale. But even in prison, even after escaping, being recaptured, and confessing it all, people still loved and admired him. Tweed's is a stunning tale of pride, fall, and redemption.

"[An] excelling new biography of the Boss ... told in a crisp, clear way." --Pete Hamill, New York Times book Review
 

About Kenneth D. Ackerman

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Kenneth D. Ackerman is the author of Boss Tweed: the Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York, a biography of the infamous Tammany Hall strongman; Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of James A. Garfield; and The Gold Ring: Wall Street's Swindle of the Century and Its Most Scandalous Crash--Black Friday, 1869. He has served for more than twenty-five years in senior posts on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch and currently practices law in Washington, DC.
 
Published December 22, 2011 by Viral History Press LLC. 446 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, History. Non-fiction

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William Marcy Tweed didn't invent graft, but he rigged elections and stole from the public on an unprecedented scale, gaining a stranglehold on New York City and amassing a vast personal fortune. By t

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Kenneth D. Ackerman, a freelance historian, chronicles the rise and fall of the political boss who made New York a byword for shameless corruption.

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The New York Times

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In his excellent new biography, Kenneth D. Ackerman tells the story of the man who remains the epitome of big-city corruption.

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In his excellent new biography, Kenneth D. Ackerman tells the story of the man who remains the epitome of big-city corruption.

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Ackerman, who has written previous books on Gilded Age excesses, focuses on the years after 1870 when Tweed hopscotched between court and jail.

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