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Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings is an engaging memoir about one man's career in construction--rising to the top of an industry renowned for crime, corruption, violence, physical danger, and the chronic risk of financial catastrophe.
Starting in the Navy Seabees at the end of WWII, Samuel C. Florman made his way as a general contractor in New York City through the period of explosive development, private exuberance and the historic growth of publicly supported housing--all amidst the rise of the notorious Mafia families,
and evolution of the Civil Rights Movement. His storied career brought him into contact with a variety of personalities: politicians and civil servants, developers and technocrats, saintly do-gooders and corrupt rapscallions. Along with the rousing adventures there were satisfactions of a different sort:
the enchantment of seeing architecture made real; the pride of creating housing, hospitals, schools, places of worship--shelter for the body and nourishment for the spirit.
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Succeeds in demystifying the world of large-scale urban contracting, but will probably have more emotional resonance for older readers, in and out of the field.Read Full Review of Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putt... | See more reviews from Kirkus
The fact that Florman works thematically rather than chronologically also bogs down the narrative.Read Full Review of Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putt... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
In one of the book's many instructive anecdotes, he recalls an early project, a convent, where the city inspector found fault with nearly every detail.Read Full Review of Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putt... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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