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The Prince of the City

The Prince of the City
by Fred Siegel
(Encounter Books, 2007)


Fred Siegel

Fred Siegel is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership, a City Journal contributing editor, and an expert on market-friendly public-policy solutions for urban governance. For many years he made his intellectual home at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Before joining the faculty of Cooper Union, Mr. Siegel was a visiting professor of modern American history at the University of Paris. A former fellow at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he is currently scholar-in-residence at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.

In the 1990s, Mr. Siegel was a major intellectual force in the revitalization of declining American cities. As a senior adviser to Rudolph Giuliani's 1993 mayoral campaign, he wrote one of Mr. Giuliani's path-breaking speeches on the quality of life. He was also one of the original editors of City Journal.

Mr. Siegel is author of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life (Encounter Books 2005), which received a cover review in The New York Times Book Review. His previous book, The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A. and the Fate of America's Big Cities (Encounter Books 1997), was named by Peter Jennings as one of the 100 most important books about the United States in the 20th century. His articles and commentary frequently appear in publications including The Claremont Review of Books, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Public Interest, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, and the Washington Post. Mr. Siegel, who is working on a new book tentatively titled The Inner Life of American Liberalism, lives with his wife, Jan Rosenberg, in Brooklyn, New York.


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Arts and Literature
  • The Godfather of American Liberalism City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Their Friend, the State Wall Street Journal, 01-04-08
  • Lyrical Leftist, Dogged Idealist Wall Street Journal, 10-24-11
  • It Takes A Village The Weekly Standard, 10-21-13


  • Business and Economy
  • Bloomberg's Bombast The Weekly Standard, 11-17-08
  • Here's A Jobs Program That Works, Governor Albany Times Union, 01-11-11
  • Two Distinct Groups Make Up 'Occupy' Protesters National Review Online, 10-13-11
  • Occupy Wall Street and the Return of the McGovernites The New Republic, 10-19-11
  • The American Middle Class: Undermined, Underpaid and Underemployed The Australian News, 10-29-11
  • A Curious Form Of 'Populism' The Weekly Standard, 11-15-13


  • California
  • Fred Siegel interviews Joel Kotkin on the state of California Podcast: Interview, August 12, 2010
  • Indebted and Unrepentant City Journal, 3 November 2010


  • Crime
  • Yusef, Amadou and Kimani: East Flatbush Shooting Injects Race Into Election New York Observer, 03-20-13


  • Culture and Society
  • Class Conflict, American Style Wall Street Journal, 12-11-10
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? Wall Street Journal, 08-17-11
  • Two Distinct Groups Make Up 'Occupy' Protesters National Review Online, 10-13-11
  • Occupy Wall Street and the Return of the McGovernites The New Republic, 10-19-11
  • Lyrical Leftist, Dogged Idealist Wall Street Journal, 10-24-11
  • The American Middle Class: Undermined, Underpaid and Underemployed The Australian News, 10-29-11
  • Twilight Of the Left Wall Street Journal, 09-11-12
  • Left's Turn The Weekly Standard, 11-26-12
  • It Takes A Village The Weekly Standard, 10-21-13


  • Employment Law
  • The New Tammany Hall The Weekly Standard, 10-12-09


  • Energy
  • Testimony by Fred Siegel on Cities As Laboratories Of Democracy Testimony, July 24, 2014


  • Environment
  • Progressives Against Progress City Journal, Summer 2010


  • Government Reform
  • Why Did Ed Rendell Fizzle Out? City Journal, Autumn 1999


  • History
  • The Godfather of American Liberalism City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Progressives Against Progress City Journal, Summer 2010
  • The New Deal's Favorite Mayor Wall Street Journal, 06-28-13


  • Immigration
  • In '08 Campaign, It's the Global Economy, Stupid New York Daily News, 07-09-07


  • Legal Issues
  • The New Tammany Hall The Weekly Standard, 10-12-09


  • National Politics
  • Indebted and Unrepentant City Journal, 3 November 2010
  • Class Conflict, American Style Wall Street Journal, 12-11-10
  • How Public Unions Took Taxpayers Hostage Wall Street Journal, 01-25-11
  • Two Distinct Groups Make Up 'Occupy' Protesters National Review Online, 10-13-11
  • Occupy Wall Street and the Return of the McGovernites The New Republic, 10-19-11
  • The Liberal Top-Bottom Coalition City Journal, Winter 2012
  • Twilight Of the Left Wall Street Journal, 09-11-12
  • Left's Turn The Weekly Standard, 11-26-12


  • New York City
  • Stuck in the Middle: In Mayor’s Race, Working Families Have Two Lousy Options New York Daily News, 09-27-09
  • The View From City Hall Wall Street Journal, 09-24-09
  • A Wasted Debate New York Post, 10-14-09
  • Can Bloomberg's 'Luxury' City Survive? Wall Street Journal, 10-15-09
  • France on the Hudson The Weekly Standard, 11-16-09
  • A French Rudy New York Post, 05-07-07
  • Road to Ruin The Weekly Standard, 06-21-10
  • The Broadway-Buffalo Divide Wall Street Journal, 10-02-10
  • Bloomy's Bubble Bursts New York Post, 03-06-11
  • Why New York's Future Is Fleeing New York Post, 05-24-11
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? Wall Street Journal, 08-17-11
  • The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life Book, 2005
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • Follow California's Lead New York Times Room for Debate, 06-27-12
  • Ed Koch: Entertaining but No Reformer Wall Street Journal, 02-04-13
  • The New Deal's Favorite Mayor Wall Street Journal, 06-28-13
  • New York After Bloomberg The American, 09-03-13
  • Is New York City Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio the New Dinkins? The Daily Beast, 09-05-13
  • Botching Bloomberg City Journal, Autumn 2013
  • It Takes A Village The Weekly Standard, 10-21-13
  • Kasia Zabawa interviews Fred Siegel about the future of New York City under Bill de Blasio, who was elected Tuesday as the city's 109th mayor Podcast: Interview, November 6, 2013
  • A Curious Form Of 'Populism' The Weekly Standard, 11-15-13
  • Taking New York Back To The Bad Old Days Wall Street Journal, 05-21-14


  • New York State
  • Gov. Longshot? New York Post, 03-11-08
  • New York on the Precipice RealClearPolitics, 05-31-09
  • The View From City Hall Wall Street Journal, 09-24-09
  • Road to Ruin The Weekly Standard, 06-21-10
  • The Broadway-Buffalo Divide Wall Street Journal, 10-02-10
  • Indebted and Unrepentant City Journal, 3 November 2010
  • Here's A Jobs Program That Works, Governor Albany Times Union, 01-11-11
  • Why New York's Future Is Fleeing New York Post, 05-24-11
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? City Journal, Autumn 2011


  • NYC Economy
  • Bloomberg's Bombast The Weekly Standard, 11-17-08
  • Gov. Longshot? New York Post, 03-11-08
  • NYC Ailing Middle New York Post, 02-10-09
  • New York on the Precipice RealClearPolitics, 05-31-09
  • Stuck in the Middle: In Mayor’s Race, Working Families Have Two Lousy Options New York Daily News, 09-27-09
  • A Wasted Debate New York Post, 10-14-09
  • Can Bloomberg's 'Luxury' City Survive? Wall Street Journal, 10-15-09
  • France on the Hudson The Weekly Standard, 11-16-09
  • The Broadway-Buffalo Divide Wall Street Journal, 10-02-10
  • Bloomy's Bubble Bursts New York Post, 03-06-11
  • Why New York's Future Is Fleeing New York Post, 05-24-11
  • Ed Koch: Entertaining but No Reformer Wall Street Journal, 02-04-13


  • NYC Politics
  • Stuck in the Middle: In Mayor’s Race, Working Families Have Two Lousy Options New York Daily News, 09-27-09
  • The View From City Hall Wall Street Journal, 09-24-09
  • Can Bloomberg's 'Luxury' City Survive? Wall Street Journal, 10-15-09
  • Power Players The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10-18-09
  • A French Rudy New York Post, 05-07-07
  • The Broadway-Buffalo Divide Wall Street Journal, 10-02-10
  • Bloomy's Bubble Bursts New York Post, 03-06-11
  • The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life Book, 2005
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • Follow California's Lead New York Times Room for Debate, 06-27-12
  • Ed Koch: Entertaining but No Reformer Wall Street Journal, 02-04-13
  • Yusef, Amadou and Kimani: East Flatbush Shooting Injects Race Into Election New York Observer, 03-20-13
  • New York After Bloomberg The American, 09-03-13
  • Is New York City Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio the New Dinkins? The Daily Beast, 09-05-13
  • Botching Bloomberg City Journal, Autumn 2013
  • Kasia Zabawa interviews Fred Siegel about the future of New York City under Bill de Blasio, who was elected Tuesday as the city's 109th mayor Podcast: Interview, November 6, 2013
  • A Curious Form Of 'Populism' The Weekly Standard, 11-15-13
  • Taking New York Back To The Bad Old Days Wall Street Journal, 05-21-14


  • NYS Politics
  • Road to Ruin The Weekly Standard, 06-21-10
  • The Broadway-Buffalo Divide Wall Street Journal, 10-02-10
  • Upstate: Rage or Resignation? City Journal, Autumn 2010
  • Here's A Jobs Program That Works, Governor Albany Times Union, 01-11-11
  • Indebted and Unrepentant City Journal, 3 November 2010
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? City Journal, Autumn 2011


  • Other Cities
  • Why Did Ed Rendell Fizzle Out? City Journal, Autumn 1999
  • Can Mayor O’Malley Save Ailing Baltimore? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • Street Cleaning in Philly City Journal, Summer 2007


  • Political Correctness
  • 'Mr. Big' in the Big City National Review Online, 10-24-08


  • Politics
  • Can Mayor O’Malley Save Ailing Baltimore? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • The presidential soap opera is degrading our political process New York Daily News, 09-07-08
  • Five Best : Fred Siegel on books about presidential administrations Wall Street Journal, 09-06-08
  • The Obama Way National Review Online, 05-05-08
  • The View From City Hall Wall Street Journal, 09-24-09
  • Can Bloomberg's 'Luxury' City Survive? Wall Street Journal, 10-15-09
  • Power Players The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10-18-09
  • Their Friend, the State Wall Street Journal, 01-04-08
  • In '08 Campaign, It's the Global Economy, Stupid New York Daily News, 07-09-07
  • Upstate: Rage or Resignation? City Journal, Autumn 2010
  • Indebted and Unrepentant City Journal, 3 November 2010
  • Class Conflict, American Style Wall Street Journal, 12-11-10
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? Wall Street Journal, 08-17-11
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • Follow California's Lead New York Times Room for Debate, 06-27-12
  • Twilight Of the Left Wall Street Journal, 09-11-12
  • Left's Turn The Weekly Standard, 11-26-12
  • Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class Book, January 2014


  • Poverty
  • Ed Koch: Entertaining but No Reformer Wall Street Journal, 02-04-13


  • Public Pension Funds
  • How Public Unions Took Taxpayers Hostage Wall Street Journal, 01-25-11


  • Race
  • Yusef, Amadou and Kimani: East Flatbush Shooting Injects Race Into Election New York Observer, 03-20-13


  • Race Relations
  • Yusef, Amadou and Kimani: East Flatbush Shooting Injects Race Into Election New York Observer, 03-20-13


  • School Finance and Management
  • The New York Disease Columns, Winter 1993


  • Schools and Ethnicity
  • The New York Disease Columns, Winter 1993


  • Taxes and Budget
  • Why New York's Future Is Fleeing New York Post, 05-24-11
  • A Curious Form Of 'Populism' The Weekly Standard, 11-15-13
  • Taking New York Back To The Bad Old Days Wall Street Journal, 05-21-14


  • Unions
  • Madison’s Nightmare City Journal, Special Issue 2009
  • How Public Unions Took Taxpayers Hostage Wall Street Journal, 01-25-11


  • Urban Issues
  • Can Mayor O’Malley Save Ailing Baltimore? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • Why New York's Future Is Fleeing New York Post, 05-24-11
  • Who Lost the Middle Class? Wall Street Journal, 08-17-11
  • Follow California's Lead New York Times Room for Debate, 06-27-12
  • Ed Koch: Entertaining but No Reformer Wall Street Journal, 02-04-13


  • Welfare
  • Here's A Jobs Program That Works, Governor Albany Times Union, 01-11-11


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