Thomas M Menino Mayor for a New America

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Boston's late, revered mayor explains the power behind the city's dramatic success -- and its lessons for Washington power brokers.

When Thomas Menino stepped down from office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in the nation's history, he was among the most popular politicians in modern memory. In Mayor for a New America, Menino gives a play-by-play look at how he managed to wield political influence while staying fiercely loyal to the interests of the people he was elected to serve.

The unassuming guy from Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood was an unlikely politician. He'd been a backstage campaign workhorse whose career nearly ended the second he stepped into the spotlight, tongue-tied. Although not a fancy talker, Mayor Menino took to the details of running the city he loved. By taking care of the small stuff -- fixing potholes, cleaning up parks, plowing the streets quickly after snowstorms -- he won the public's trust to deliver on the big issues. He had a progressive agenda and was forward thinking in his support of an innovation economy and a champion of gay rights. He also held fast to the values of his childhood -- good schools, a growing middle class, and close-knit, welcoming communities.

In this candid look back at a career that spanned the busing crisis of the 1970s, the remarkable resurgence of the neighborhoods, and the city's extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombing, Menino tells behind-the-scenes stories and gives a master class in urban politics. And his proven, people-focused track record provides inspiration for a dysfunctional Washington to actually get things done -- just like he did in Boston.

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"When your career includes delivering twenty straight State of the City addresses in Boston, you've got a lot to teach the world about leadership and "getting stuff done." Mayor for a New America is a fascinating look at how he did it. I worked with Tom Menino for eight years on the challenges facing our cities. I know how much he did for the people of Boston."
--President Bill Clinton

"Mayor Tom Menino led the resurgence of Boston's neighborhoods, expanded parks and livable spaces, and fought for an economy at the frontiers of innovation. He also knitted together a divided city and led the way for a new American revolution, ordering insurance coverage for domestic partners in 1996, performing marriages for same-sex couples in 2004, and sponsoring an annual gay prom at City Hall for Boston's teenagers. A Mayor for a New America tells his story, from meeting his wife Angela to leading Boston after the Marathon bombings. Menino's Boston truly is a city on a hill, a model for the country and for the world."
--Senator Elizabeth Warren, author of A Fighting Chance

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Elected five times as Mayor of Boston and five times as a City Councilor, Thomas M. Menino (1942-2014) spent a lifetime building a better city for residents and businesses. Menino was known as a mayor of the people and was widely recognized for meeting more than half of Boston's residents. Following his final term, which drew to a close in January 2014, Mayor Menino joined Boston University, where he served as codirector for the newly founded Initiative on Cities. He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Angela, their two children, and their six grandchildren.
Jack Beatty is a news analyst for NPR's On Point and the author of The Rascal King, a biography of Boston mayor James Michael Curly.

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