THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK
a reporter's true tale
by Seth Barron
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 20 Jul 2021
"In this gripping new book, Seth Barron warns the city may not recover from the preening, disastrous incompetence of Mayor de Blasio.'' — RAY KELLY, Police Commissioner of New York City
"Barron cuts through the noise and provides a devastating account of a city’s decline under the delusional leadership of socialists and con men.” — GREG KELLY, host of Newsmax Greg Kelly ReportsBILL DE BLASIO SET THE STAGE FOR THE RUIN OF NEW YORK CITY
THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK: a reporter's true tale tells the story of how a corrupted political system hollowed out New York City, leaving it especially vulnerable, all in the name of equity and “fairness.”
When, in the future, people ask how New York City fell to pieces, they can be told—quoting Hemingway—“gradually, then suddenly.” New Yorkers awoke from a slumber of ease and prosperity to discover that their glorious city was not only unprepared for crisis, but that the underpinnings of its fortune had been gutted by the reckless mismanagement of Bill de Blasio and the progressive political machine that elevated him to power.
Faced with a global pandemic of world-historical proportions, the mayor dithered, offering contradictory, unscientific, and meaningless advice. The city became the world’s epicenter of infection and death. The protests, riots, and looting that followed the death of George Floyd, and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement—cheered on and celebrated by the media and political class—accelerated the crash of confidence that New York City needed in order to rebound quickly from the economic disaster.
Through reckless financial husbandry; by sowing racial discord and resentment; by enshrining a corrosive pay-to-play political culture that turned City Hall into a ticket office; and by using his office as a platform to advance himself as a national political figure, Bill de Blasio set the stage for the ruin of New York City.
As New Yorkers slowly adjust to their new reality, they ask themselves how we had been so unprepared—not so much for the coronavirus, which caught everyone by surprise—but for the economic shock, which was at least foreseeable. THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK is the story of how a lifelong political operative with no private-sector experience assumed control of a one-party city where almost nobody bothers to vote, and then proceeded to loot the treasury on behalf of the labor unions, race hustlers, and connected insiders who had promoted him to power.
Bill de Blasio’s failure to manage the outbreak of Covid-19 is well established. But what is less well understood is how poorly he managed the city up to the point of the pandemic, and how his mismanagement left New York City vulnerable to the social, economic, and cultural shocks that have leveled its confidence and brought into question its capacity to absorb the creative energies of the world, and reflect them back in the form of opportunity and wealth, as it has done for hundreds of years. At a moment when socialist currents are stirring throughout America, Bill de Blasio’s term in office in New York City is a demonstration of what those impulses actually produce: debt, decay, and bloat.
THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK: a reporter's true tale is a history of New York City from its recovery from the recession of 2008-2009 through the triple disaster of the pandemic, civil unrest, and collapse in revenue of 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio, now widely appreciated as the WORST mayor in the history of the city, is presented as the instrument of decline: a key symptom of the rot that expedited the city’s downfall.
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Praise for THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK: a reporter's true tale by Seth Barron
“A propulsive chronicle of failed policy and bad leadership.” — HEATHER MAC DONALD, New York Times bestselling author of The War on Cops and The Diversity Delusion
“I have watched NYC fall apart before my eyes but until I read Seth Barron’s book I didn’t know how and why. Now I know and thanks to his unparalleled reporting it’s clear who is to blame… and how to fix it. A must read.” — BRIAN KILMEADE, host of Fox & Friends and Fox radio program The Brian Kilmeade Show and New York Times bestselling author
“Demonizing cops. Dismantling the rule of law. Dissing the ‘rich’ and middle class who pay most of the city’s taxes. This book is required reading for those who love New York and want to understand why so many die-hard New Yorkers are fleeing.” — JUDITH MILLER, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
“A valuable and gripping account of New York City’s decline, hastened by a mayor who is not only an incompetent manager, but a naive socialist who believes in the propaganda of yesteryear, along with a gullible and compliant media. New York City made tremendous strides from its nadir in the 1970s. Through the 90s and 2000s, crime dramatically declined and quality of life soared, as the city adopted bold and conservative approaches to the basics of city management. Amid so much noise, hysteria, and yes, fake news, Seth Barron tells the proverbial “story behind the story” that the mainstream media have neither the ability nor inclination to tell. Barron’s reporting and analysis proves that the truth is more interesting than anything you’re being told about the undeniable decline of New York City. Barron’s account shows the sad abandonment by liberal politicians of the policies that brought New York out of the dark ages. His brilliant analysis will inform and enrage, but also provide hope to restore New York’s greatness. Cheap politicians, shallow reporters, and a general public at their wits end, Barron cuts through the noise and provides a devastating account of a city’s decline under the delusional leadership of socialists and con men.” — Greg Kelly, journalist, pilot, marine and host, Newsmax Greg Kelly Reports
“Barron captures the current spirit of New York, a city in decline, as though he were Edward Gibbon contemporaneously covering the fall of Rome. There is no guess-work, this is an accurate depiction of what is happening, and why those who can, leave. We all believe New York will rise again, but how long we must deal with backwards government is the question most families are trying to handicap.” — JOSEPH C. BORELLI, New York City Council member for the 51st District of the New York City Council
"With his encyclopedic knowledge of Gotham's politics and society, and his immense storytelling gifts, Seth Barron offers readers a front-row seat to the tragic fall of America's greatest metropolis." — SOHRAB AHMARI, op-ed editor for the New York Post
“The rapid decline of New York is one of the most important stories of our era, and Seth Barron superbly describes how and why it is happening. He chronicles in vivid detail Mayor de Blasio’s disastrous mix of far-left ideology, incompetence and corruption that has brought America’s greatest city to the precipice. Barron knows the territory and writes with compelling conviction.” — MICHAEL GOODWIN, columnist for the New York Post and contributor for Fox News
“Seth Barron has masterfully chronicled how Mayor Bill de Blasio has destroyed the safest large city in America. This is a must read for every political leader in our country, in how New York City went from being the capitol of the world, to a cesspool of crime, mismanagement, and economic and real estate implosion.” — BERNARD B. KERIK, 40th Police Commissioner of the New York Police Department and author of the novel The Grave Above the Grave
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