A Billionair's Ambition
BLOOMBERG: A Billionaire's Ambition tells the story of how one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs was elected mayor of New York City and what he did with the power he won.
Bloomberg’s stunning victory against all odds just weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attack left him facing challenges unlike any mayor in history. For the next twelve years, he kept the city safe, promoted private sector growth, generated jobs, built infrastructure, protected the environment, supported society’s cultural sensibilities, and achieved dramatic improvements in public health. Bloomberg was an activist executive who used government assets boldly and wisely for the greatest good, for the greatest number of people.
His time as mayor was not without controversy. Bloomberg supported the police tactic of stop and frisk, even after it was ruled unconstitutional, and jailhouse violence rose to levels so severe the federal government intervened. The administration’s homeless policies were ineffective. And he forced a change in the city charter to allow him to serve a third term.
Overall, though, his tenure was a success, remembered for its record of low crime and balanced budgets. Having returned to his global financial empire, Bloomberg continues to challenge the National Rifle Association on gun control, promote national education reform, and support policies to combat climate change. Frequently touted as an independent candidate for president, Bloomberg leaves behind a legacy of effective government.
Chris McNickleis a lifelong New Yorker. He earned a PhD in U.S. history from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a senior executive in global investment firms, and is treasurer of the American Historical Association.
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