Fremont, Eleanor. Rudolph W. Guiliani; America's mayor.

Author:Julian, Janet
Position:Book Review

Simon & Schuster, Aladdin. 89p. illus, c2002. 0-689-85423-4. $4.99. J

On September 11, 2001, Rudy Giuliani went from mayor of New York to mayor of the world, as he shepherded his city through the worst disaster in American history. This political biography intended for ages 10-14 celebrates his recent successes, but it also describes his failures and foibles. Born during WW II, Rudy grew up in Italian neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Long Island, attending Catholic schools. His father did time in jail, but always taught his son right from wrong, even if he couldn't do right himself. Rudy thought of becoming a priest, but turned to a career in the law and politics instead. He began as an assistant D.A. and worked for a time in the Justice Department in Washington during the Ford administration. He was tough on illegal immigrants, especially Haitians, sending them back to their native country and almost certain death.

Back in New York he became the U.S. District Attorney and prosecuted Mafia figures under the new RICO laws. He ran for...

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