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Rock Brynner

About Rock Brynner

Dr. Rock Brynner is a historian and the author of ten books to date. He earned his M.A. in Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Columbia University. His books include Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and its Revival as a Vital Medicine (Perseus, 2001) and Empire and Odyssey: The Brynners in Far East Russia and Beyond (Steerforth, 2006). In 2012 Governor Cuomo appointed Prof. Brynner to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.

Robert Moses’ Least Controversial Triumph


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robert mosesThe many controversies that surrounded Robert Moses during his long career as New York’s “Master Builder” were sharpened by his long battle with Jane Jacobs and by Robert Caro’s 1974 biography, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1974).

But his least contentious achievements are also the most unknown: the construction of the New York Power Authority’s hydroelectric plants along the St. Lawrence and Niagara Rivers. Continue reading