Mason B. Williams photographed by Alexis Schaitkin
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 ...
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