Patience and Fortitude

Patience and Fortitude

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A riveting investigation of a beloved library caught in the crosshairs of real estate, power, and the peoplea€™s interestsa€”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 Citya€™s most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library. In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the librarya€™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 Yorka€™s Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizensa€™ 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 librarya€™s secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power. From the Hardcover edition.Today, the NYPLa#39;s users still read books on Emerson, Franklin, public life, the Chinese language, and Nazi Germany. But many are reading them on iPhones, Kindles, and tablets. The use of paper materials has fallen in the Librarya#39;s researchanbsp;...

Title:Patience and Fortitude
Author: Scott Sherman
Publisher:Melville House - 2015-06-23

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