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The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor
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About The Book
What happened to Rudy Giuliani?
Andrew Kirtzman, who has been following Giuliani since the 1990s, answers that question in this “masterful and engrossing” (The Guardian) biography that “cuts through the myth and caricature that has too often defined Giuliani” (Los Angeles Times).
Rudy Giuliani was hailed after 9/11 as “America’s Mayor,” a national hero who, at the time, was more widely admired than the pope. He was brilliant, accomplished—and complicated. He conflated politics with morality, made reckless personal choices, and engaged in self-destructive behavior. A series of disastrous decisions and cynical compromises, coupled with his need for power, money, and attention gradually ruined his reputation, cost him political support, and ultimately damaged the country.
Kirtzman, who was with Giuliani at the World Trade Center on 9/11, conducted hundreds of interviews to give us an insightful portrait of this polarizing figure from the beginning of his rise to his high-profile role as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Giuliani was a celebrated prosecutor, a transformative New York City mayor, and a contender for the presidency. But by the end of the Trump presidency, he was reviled and ridiculed after a series of embarrassing errors and misjudgments. He was a significant figure in both of Trump’s impeachments and ended up widely ostracized, facing both legal jeopardy and financial ruin.
This is the “lively new biography” (The New Yorker) of how it all began and how it came crashing down.
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Why We Love It
“Rudy Giuliani’s life has been described as ‘operatic’ and Kirtzman’s biography sings. At one point in his life, Giuliani was more admired than the pope according to a Gallup poll. But today he is widely reviled, under FBI investigation, the chief enabler of the 2020 election fraud Big Lie. His life’s journey seems to have taken him from America’s mayor to America’s crazy uncle.
Kirtzman has spoken to people who have never talked about Giuliani to any other reporter. This is the book that will tell this sad but essential American story, a paradigm of our time.”
—Bob B., VP, Executive Editor, on Giuliani
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (September 13, 2022)
- Runtime: 15 hours and 19 minutes
- ISBN13: 9781797148793
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