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Mayor for a New America (2014)

by Thomas M. Menino

Other authors: Jack Beatty

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1 of these 5 stars is just because I loved him so damn much.
This is a fascinating look into the recent history of Boston. Socially, economically, politically, and educationally. There are a few especially beautiful sections that brought tears to my eyes.

May we someday again have a mayor who cares as much as Menino did.

Thank you for all you did, Mr Mayor. ( )
  DanielleMD | Jun 20, 2015 |
Mayor Thomas Menino was opinionated, as politicians are generally wont to be. He was held in high regard by the people of his beloved Boston. You need not have been a Bostonian to know that. The fact that his tenure as mayor spanned two decades proves his enormous appeal. A politico who manages to stay in the same office that long must be masterful.

Shortly after receiving my copy of Mayor for a New America, the recently retired Menino died from cancer at the age of 71. It almost seems his purpose had been fulfilled and it was time to check out. Thankfully he was able to write about his tenure as mayor before his death. In this book Menino runs down a list of the most important things he accomplished while in office. He also enumerates fights with people of opposing views.

Menino, of Italian descent, came from the Hyde Park neighborhood. He broke a longstanding tradition in which people of Irish stock had been the only seemingly electable mayoral candidates. That wasn't easy for the man who had problems with elocution. He was not a great speaker, and he knew it. He had to work hard to make people see past that.

Here are a few of the things I find most interesting about the man. After a blaze that killed two firefighters, one of the deceased was found to have cocaine in his system. An autopsy revealed that the other had alcohol in his system. Menino subsequently pushed for drug testing for firefighters. After a police SWAT team mistakenly broke into the apartment of a 75-year-old man, the resident died of a heart attack. Menino made a public apology to the community. He was a mayor who cared about quality of the schools. The Boston Globe praised him for what he did for education.

The late Tip O'Neill is widely remembered as saying that all politics is local. Menino epitomized the meaning of that phrase. The writing in Menino's book is not the best, but I highly recommend it for the messages contained therein. ( )
  JamesBanzer | Dec 15, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0544302494, Hardcover)

A revealing memoir by Boston’s beloved five-term mayor, explaining the power behind Boston’s success and lessons for Washington power brokers

After twenty years of service, Mayor Thomas Menino is stepping down from his office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in United States history—and one of the most popular politicians in modern memory. His political career has stretched from the busing crisis of the 1970s to the city’s extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. 

Menino tells exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of urban politics and provides inspiration for Washington with his proven, people-focused method: “Do the small stuff so you can win the credibility to do the big stuff.” He’s not known as a fancy talker, but he gets things done. Under his wing, the city has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth while fostering a new attitude of acceptance. Menino shows how a very old city shook off its Puritan roots and racial tensions to become a truly twenty-first-century city.

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"A revealing memoir by Boston's beloved five-term mayor, explaining the power behind Boston's success and lessons for Washington power brokers After twenty years of service, Mayor Thomas Menino is stepping down from his office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in United States history--and one of the most popular politicians in modern memory. His political career has stretched from the busing crisis of the 1970s to the city's extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Menino tells exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of urban politics and provides inspiration for Washington with his proven, people-focused method: "Do the small stuff so you can win the credibility to do the big stuff." He's not known as a fancy talker, but he gets things done. Under his wing, the city has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth while fostering a new attitude of acceptance. Menino shows how a very old city shook off its Puritan roots and racial tensions to become a truly twenty-first-century city"--… (more)

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