9780312641672

Good Guys, Wiseguys, and Putting Up Buildings A Life in Construction

  • ISBN 13:

    9780312641672

  • ISBN 10:

    0312641672

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 03/13/2012
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

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Summary

Starting in the Navy Seabees at the end of WWII, Samuel C. Florman made his way as a general contractor in New York City through the period of explosive development, private exuberance and the historic growth of publicly supported housing--all amidst the rise of the notorious Mafia families,and evolution of the Civil Rights Movement. His storied career brought him into contact with a variety of personalities: politicians and civil servants, developers and technocrats, saintly do-gooders and corrupt rapscallions. Along with the rousing adventures there were satisfactions of a different sort:the enchantment of seeing architecture made real; the pride of creating housing, hospitals, schools, places of worship--shelter for the body and nourishment for the spirit.

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