Harry the Fixer Takes on Mayor LaGuardia and New York Politics. A Great Read!
Mar 6, 2009
I just happened to obtain this book via reviewer copy (thank you Mr. Brodow) and started reading and the next thing I knew I finished it in one sitting, letting the phone ring unanswered several times! It is the story of Harry Leonnoff described as a more modern Robin Hood. As Robin Hood was the antithesis of a "Capitalist" I do not think that moniker fits. Harry is a person that had a rough upbringing, having Polio at an early age that crippled one leg. His father never gave him any pity and made Harry just take his pain like a man.
One day Harry is sent to live with a farmer and Harry learns kindness from the farmer. Harry returns home after a few years a changed man who now believes that many good people that have gotten in desperate straits with nobody to turn to can change their life with a person who could pull some string for them. Harry starts building a reputation as the person who can help you when the system has failed (kind of like Don Corleone in The Godfather).
Unfortunately while Harry is helping others, his own personal life is not going to good. He gets into a bad marriage with a woman he calls The Commisioner and gets involved with her very "bad" brother. Additionally, Harry has to go up against a tough adversary in Mayor LaGuardia.
This is an amazing tale that like grabs you like Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrey. A great read!
'Fixer' by Ed Brodow is a great book that details the history of Harry Leonnoff. A politician who has to overcome Polio, anti-Semitism and the mayor of New York City Firoello La Guardia during the time of Depression, becoming the admired Robin Hood of NYC. The writing is fascinating and very entertaining. The book never gets boring and it really grabs you and takes you back to the time that this all occurred. Great story, great writing, and perfect for … more
Harry Leonnoff is the Fixer of the title of this interesting first novel by motivational author Ed Brodow: he is patterned on the author's grandfather and provides a character around whom we are invited to revisit the turn of the century New York landscape and sociopolitical shenanigans. Brodow covers the era from 1883 to 1961, weaving fascinating stories about WW I, the plight of the Jews during WW II and in the USA, the rise of the Irish political giants of Tammany Hall, the colorful Mayor Fiorello … more
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If the system won't solve your problem, Harry Leonnoff will fix it for you.
Power broker Harry Leonnoff takes on Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in this thrilling novel of New York City politics. From the degrading slums of the Lower East Side to the bloody battle of Belleau Wood, Fixer is the spellbinding tale of a fearless politician with a limp and a thirty-eight who becomes the champion of New York's underclass. Uneducated son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Leonnoff confronts gangsters and bigots, saves nine innocent black men from the electric chair, and becomes the admired Robin Hood of Depression-Era New York. But a vindictive Mayor Fiorello La Guardia forces Harry to make an impossible choice between his career and his integrity. Ed Brodow introduces us to one of the most compelling antiheroes in contemporary American fiction.
"Breathtaking! A powerful story and a real page-turner. Harry Leonnoff is an unforgettable character."