Patience and fortitude : power, real estate, and the fight by Scott Sherman

By Scott Sherman

A riveting research of a liked library stuck within the crosshairs of actual property, strength, and the people’s interests—by the reporter who broke the story

In a sequence of canopy tales for The Nation journal, journalist Scott Sherman exposed the ways that Wall highway common sense nearly took down one among big apple City’s so much loved and iconic associations: the recent York Public Library.

within the years previous the 2008 monetary situation, the library’s leaders cast an audacious plan to unload a number of department libraries, mutilate a ancient construction, and ship hundreds of thousands of books to a garage facility in New Jersey. students, researchers, and readers will be out of good fortune, yet actual property builders and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg may get what they wanted.

but if the tale broke, the folk fought again, as well-known writers, professors, and electorate’ teams got here jointly to protect a countrywide treasure.

wealthy with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is right away a highly readable heritage of the library’s mystery plans, and a stirring account of an extraordinary triumph opposed to the forces of cash and tool

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The Greatest Project Ever” 4. Hubris and Corporate Logic 5. An Invitation to Act 6. “I Will Raise the Money” 7. “Don’t Gut Our Lions” 8. “The Wrong Plan” Acknowledgments Note on Sources PREFACE: “THERE WILL NEVER BE AN END TO THIS LIBRARY” This is a book about a world-class library that lost its way in the digital age. In the late spring of 2011, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, asked if I might be interested in writing a profile of Anthony Marx, the Amherst College president who had recently agreed to lead the New York Public Library (NYPL).

He smiles easily, though. ” Ely is gone, but the Moses Taylor Papers remain in the depths of the 42nd Street Library: 326 boxes, 132 linear feet, call number MssCol2955. Despite its name, the New York Public Library is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. It was born in 1895 from the consolidation of two nineteenth-century libraries owned by wealthy men: merchant John Jacob Astor and philanthropist-collector James Lenox. The Astor Library building (which is now the Public Theater, on the edge of the East Village) contained 260,000 volumes in history, literature, science, and art; its users included Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The NYPL’s librarians have a predilection for scrutinizing the names on the paper call slips. In the mid-1980s, a staff member, Bob Dumont, noticed that Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian novelist, was seated at one of the long wooden tables, lost in a marathon bout of reading. Dumont admired Vargas Llosa’s novels and wanted to chat, but he gave the writer his privacy. Many years later, in 2008, Dumont again saw Vargas Llosa at one of the long tables; he was researching the life of Roger Casement, the Irish nationalist patriot and human rights activist hanged by the British in 1916.

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