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Mayor Erastus Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma

Grondahl, Paul

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ISBN 10: 1881324028 / ISBN 13: 9781881324027
Published by Washington Park Press Ltd., Albany, NY, 1997
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568 pps. Gilt titles: sp. Illust. w/ b/w table, portraits, photos & facsimile docs. Black cloth bds. Ex-lib. w/ usual treatments. Interior leaves are clean and tight. Biography of the iconic and long-serving mayor of Albany, NY. Includes chronology, selected bibliography, sources and interviews & index. A clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # 007252

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Title: Mayor Erastus Corning: Albany Icon, Albany ...

Publisher: Washington Park Press Ltd., Albany, NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good (mylar)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Grondahl's classic biography of Albany's "mayor for life," now available in paperback.


In his youth, Erastus Corning 2d was a close friend of Nelson Rockefeller; his father was lieutenant governor of New York (and ran unsuccessfully for the top spot against FDR), and his grandfather was a railroad rival of Cornelius Vanderbilt. With a pedigree like that, Corning might have been expected to make a splash on the national stage. Instead, he seemed content to remain mayor of Albany, New York, for a mind-boggling 42 years, involving himself in the minutia of running the state capital and--incidentally--maintaining one of the best-oiled and longest-running political machines in the country. Paul Grondahl, a reporter for the Albany Times-Union, chronicles Corning's unusual life and times in Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma.

Even for those readers unfamiliar with either the man or the city he ran, Mayor Corning makes for interesting reading. Not only is Corning himself a fascinating character--his nearly lifelong relationship with a woman not his wife is refreshingly ambiguous in this age of in-your-face political sex scandal--but the inner workings of Albany politics he describes hark back to an earlier era of Tammany Hall-style corruption, fraud, and influence peddling, the likes of which are seldom seen today. Interesting characters, compelling stories, and a healthy dose of shady dealing--Mayor Corning has it all.

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