Empire on the Hudson
Entrepreneurial Vision and Political Power at the Port of New York Authority
By (author) Jameson W. Doig
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Empire on the Hudson by Jameson W. Doig
Book DescriptionRevered and reviled in almost equal amounts since its inception, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been responsible for creating and maintaining much of New York and New Jersey's transportation infrastructure-the things that make the region work. Doig traces the evolution of the Port Authority from the battles leading to its creation in 1921 through its conflicts with the railroads and its expansion to build bridges and tunnels for motor vehicles. Chronicling the adroit maneuvers that led the Port Authority to take control of the region's airports and seaport operations, build the largest bus terminal in the nation, and construct the World Trade Center, Doig reveals the rise to power of one of the world's largest specialized regional governments. This definitive history of the Port Authority underscores the role of several key players-Austin Tobin, the obscure lawyer who became Executive Director and a true "power broker" in the bi-state region, Julius Henry Cohen, general counsel of the Port Authority for its first twenty years, and Othmar H. Ammann, the Swiss engineer responsible for the George Washington Bridge, the Bayonne and Goethels bridges, the Outerbridge Crossing, and the Lincoln Tunnel. Today, with public works projects stalled by community opposition in almost every village and city, the story of how the Port Authority managed to create an empire on the Hudson offers lessons for citizens and politicians everywhere.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231076777
(227mm x 153mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jameson W. Doig
Leadership and Innovation, Paperback (February 1990)
Doig and Hargrove outline a perspective on leadership in government that emphasizes entrepreneurship, showing how government executives' ability to set goals, generate support inside and outside the bureaucracy, and implement innovative ideas--even at risk to their own careers--can have a significant impact on their organizations and on society.
New York, Paperback (October 1983)» View all books by Jameson W. Doig
Describes and analyzes the cultural, economic, political and other social forces shaping development in the New York region. This book presents a picture of a region singular in its attractions, problems, geographic scope, magnitude of development, and complexity of the network of organizations involved in its governance.
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Author Biography - Jameson W. Doig
Jameson W. Doig is professor of politics and public affairs in the Politics Department and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. His previous books include New York: The Politics of Urban Regional Development (with Michael N. Danielson) and Leadership and Innovation: A Biographical Perspective on Entrepreneurs in Government (with Erwin C. Hargrove).
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