Robert Moses was born on this day in 1888. Robert Moses is the subject of one of the greatest if not the greatest biography I have ever read- Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker” I had never heard of Moses until I read Caro’s first volume on President Lyndon Johnson. I saw that he had written an earlier book that had won a Pulitzer Prize so I had to buy that book too.
Moses is still be debated to this day. He was never elected to any office. He was an urban planner. He displaced thousands of people, wrecked neighborhoods to get his roads in. He was extremely powerful when he was in his prime. He was a builder. Caro is one whose book takes a negative view of him overall. He has his supporters. The biography of him is fantastic.