“I hope you get him!” That's how some New Yorkers responded when Soffer said he was writing about Ed Koch, who made many enemies in his 12 years as mayor. His rough rhetoric—attacking his black and leftist opponents as “crazy,” “wackos,” and “poverty pimps”—prompted charges he was divisive, even racist. Sometimes they had good cause. But as Soffer argues, Koch’s in-your-face style has overshadowed his real accomplishment: bringing the city back from the brink of collapse.
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