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Inside Newark

Decline, Rebellion, and the Search for Transformation

Rutgers University Press

 For decades, leaders in Newark, New Jersey, have claimed their city is about to return to its economic and social vibrancy of yesteryear. Tracing Newark’s history from the 1950’s through the reign of Cory Booker, Curvin approaches his story as both an insider rooting for Newark and as an objective social scientist illuminating the causes and effects of the sweeping changes in the city’s economy and demography. Readers are witness to the weakness contributing to Newark’s downfall and treated to Curvin’s insightful recommendations for a true turnaround. 

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In the Godfather Garden

The Long Life and Times of Richie "the Boot" Boiardo

Rutgers University Press

In the Godfather Garden is the true story of the life of Richie “the Boot” Boiardo, one of the most powerful and feared men in the New Jersey underworld and the gangster who inspired the creation of HBO’s The Sopranos. Richard Linnet provides an inside look this once-powerful Mafia crew led by the Boot, based on recollections of a grandson of the Boot himself and complemented by never-before-published family photos.

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Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind

Risk, Radiation, and Distrust of Government

Rutgers University Press

Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind is a compelling, suspenseful, and amusing insider’s account of New Jersey policy and politics, but it is also a larger saga of the challenges facing society in the post–9/11 era when the public’s distrust of government is increasing at the same time that its sensitivity to health and safety threats is heightened.

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