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Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library

Authors: Sherman, Scott
Publisher: Melville House
BISAC/Subject: POL017000, LIT007000, LAN025000
ISBN: 9781612194301, Related ISBNs: 161219429X, 1612194303, 1612196675, 9781612194295, 9781612194301
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 256,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A riveting investigation of a beloved library caught in the crosshairs of real estate, power, and the people’s interests—by the reporter who broke the story
 

In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City’s most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library.

In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library’s leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted.

But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens’ groups came together to defend a national treasure.

Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library’s secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power.
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