It is, as he writes in the preface, “an attempt to move beyond the day-to-day headlines that dominate our political debate. By placing Bill de Blasio’s words, and the actions of his administration, into a political, cultural, social, and intellectual context, we can see just how daunting the task he has set for himself really is: to use the power of the city government to make New York a fairer and more equal place for all its inhabitants, and to do so while executing the fundamental tasks of governance judiciously and efficiently.”
If you want to understand what really went down during the first year of “the de Blasio experiment”—the face-off with Governor Cuomo over pre-K, the charter school battle, the epic clash with the NYPD—Eric Alterman has the story.
“Eric Alterman’s “Equality and One City: Bill de Blasio and the New York Experiment, Year One” (ebookNation) is a de Blasio booster’s handbook to how much the mayor has already accomplished and a sober reminder — no matter how many poor people vote for empathetic local candidates — of just how much Albany and Washington can scuttle his agenda.”
—Sam Roberts, the New York Times
Eric Alterman is distinguished professor of English and journalism at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and professor of journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the “Liberal Media" columnist for The Nation, a fellow of the Nation Institute, and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and the World Policy Institute in New York, as well as former columnist for the Daily Beast, The Forward, Moment, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and the Sunday Express (London). He is the author of ten books, including the national bestseller What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News. His first book, Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992), won the George Orwell Award, and his It Ain’t No Sin to Be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999) won the Jack London Literary Prize. Alterman has been called “the most honest and incisive media critic writing today” in the National Catholic Reporter and the author of “the smartest and funniest political journal out there,” in the San Francisco Chronicle. A winner of the Mirror Award for media criticism, he has previously taught at Columbia and NYU and has been a Hoover Institution Media Fellow at Stanford University. Alterman received his PhD in American history from Stanford, his M.A. in international relations at Yale and his B.A. from Cornell. He lives with his family in Manhattan. More information is available at ericalterman.com
Research and writing for Inequality and One City: Bill de Blasio and the New York Experiment, Year One was funded by the Center for American Progress.
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