Politics ain’t bean bag, and as prodigious personalities such as Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia guided New York City through depression and war, some titanic ego clashes ensued, as I discovered while writing City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York. Here are some of the most memorable ones, chosen with both enduring significance and short-term sensation in mind.
5. Fiorello La Guardia vs. Adolf Hitler
No one brought out Mayor La Guardia’s histrionic eloquence quite like Der Fuehrer—or as La Guardia called him during a brief address in 1937, “that ...
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