The Gracie Mansion Book Club: City of Ambition- FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York

Join the Gracie Mansion Book Club at Tanger Auditorium at Brooklyn College on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 6:30pm featuring author Mason B. Williams’, City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York, New York’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, Dr. Shannon King and Dean Maria Ann Conelli

City of Ambition is a brilliant history of the New Deal and its role in the making of modern New York City. The story of a remarkable collaboration between Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia, this is a case study in creative political leadership in the midst of a devastating depression. Roosevelt and La Guardia were an odd couple: patrician president and immigrant mayor, fireside chat and tabloid cartoon, pragmatic Democrat and reform Republican. But together, as leaders of America’s two largest governments in the depths of the Great Depression, they fashioned a route to recovery for the nation and the master plan for a great city.

The event is free, but RSVP required. Please send your accept only to

“For the second season of the Gracie Mansion Book Club, we are excited to dive into one of the many fascinating periods of NYC’s history – the 1940s. Our newest selection of books offers a taste of our city’s jambalaya – highlighting the spicy mix of people, a multitude of journeys and rich traditions.”
— First Lady Chirlane McCray