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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.

©2011 Kenneth D. Ackerman (P)2020 Kenneth D. Ackerman

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  • Mark Mears
  • 19-01-21

READ THIS BOOK

Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall are supposed to be a thing of the past. But are they?

The author documents an amazing story of graft, election rigging and bought and paid for officials.

Tweed would figure out how many people voted in a previous election...and how many potential voters there were. The difference in the numbers told him how many votes he could safely manufacture to “win.”

At the height of Tammany Hall’s power, they were unconcerned about being called out about their nefarious activities. They controlled the media, so they simply laughed it off and called their detractors crazy.

The author also does a great job detailing how the conspirators turned on Tweed once the media did target him.

Regardless of your viewpoint about current events, this book covers an important part of history and is well written.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-20

A must read!

This is a fascinating and absorbing telling of the rise and fall of Boss Tweed.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 22-07-20

Well-detailed!

I felt like I was standing on the sidelines viewing all this history. The corruption of yesteryear foreshadows today's graft and coverup!

Scott Ellis does a great job narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.