• Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning

  • 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City
  • By: Jonathan Mahler
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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By early 1977, New York City was in the grip of hysteria caused by a murderer dubbed "Son of Sam". And on a sweltering night in July, a citywide power outage touched off an orgy of looting and arson that led to the largest mass arrest in the city's history. As the turbulent year wore on, the city became absorbed in two epic battles: the fight between Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo for the city's mayoralty.

Buried beneath these parallel conflicts - one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of the city - was the subtext of race. The brash and confident Jackson took every Black myth and threw it back in White America's face. Meanwhile, Koch and Cuomo ran bitterly negative campaigns that played upon urbanites' fears of soaring crime and falling municipal budgets. 

These braided stories tell the history of a year that saw the opening of Studio 54, the evolution of punk rock, and the dawning of modern SoHo. As the pragmatist Koch defeated the visionary Cuomo and as Reggie Jackson finally rescued a team racked with dissension, 1977 became a year of survival but also of hope.

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  • 04-22-21

Excellent

The book does a great job weaving together NYC history and the story of the 1977 Yankees. Really good read.

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Great Narration

really enjoyed the book. The way the author flowed back and forth. The details were noted as well.

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Great book with outstanding narration

Loved this classic book about tumultuous 1977 NYC from the politics to crime to baseball ongoing of that year with the backstories that led up to it. The narrator was absolutely outstanding.