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A New Yorker Best Book of the Year

What happened to Rudy Giuliani?

Andrew Kirtzman, who has been following Giuliani since the 1990s, answers that question in this “masterful and engrossing” (The Guardian) biography that “cuts through the myth and caricature that has too often defined Giuliani” (Los Angeles Times).

Rudy Giuliani was hailed after 9/11 as “America’s Mayor,” a national hero who, at the time, was more widely admired than the pope. He was brilliant, accomplished—and complicated. He conflated politics with morality, made reckless personal choices, and engaged in self-destructive behavior. A series of disastrous decisions and cynical compromises, coupled with his need for power, money, and attention gradually ruined his reputation, cost him political support, and ultimately damaged the country.

Kirtzman, who was with Giuliani at the World Trade Center on 9/11, conducted hundreds of interviews to give us an insightful portrait of this polarizing figure from the beginning of his rise to his high-profile role as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Giuliani was a celebrated prosecutor, a transformative New York City mayor, and a contender for the presidency. But by the end of the Trump presidency, he was reviled and ridiculed after a series of embarrassing errors and misjudgments. He was a significant figure in both of Trump’s impeachments and ended up widely ostracized, facing both legal jeopardy and financial ruin.

This is the “lively new biography” (The New Yorker) of how it all began and how it came crashing down.

About The Author

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Andrew Kirtzman has covered Rudy Giuliani for three decades as a political reporter for print and television. He began as a City Hall reporter and then wrote what is considered a definitive book about Giuliani’s mayoralty. He was with Giuliani on the morning of September 11th and chronicled their experience together. He has covered more than a dozen national political campaigns and hosted two of New York’s most widely watched political shows, winning multiple Emmy Awards. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington PostThe New Republic, and other publications, and authored a book about the Bernie Madoff scandal. He appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss politics and government.

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Why We Love It

“Rudy Giuliani’s life has been described as ‘operatic’ and Kirtzman’s biography sings. At one point in his life, Giuliani was more admired than the pope according to a Gallup poll. But today he is widely reviled, under FBI investigation, the chief enabler of the 2020 election fraud Big Lie. His life’s journey seems to have taken him from America’s mayor to America’s crazy uncle.

Kirtzman has spoken to people who have never talked about Giuliani to any other reporter. This is the book that will tell this sad but essential American story, a paradigm of our time.”

—Bob B., VP, Executive Editor, on Giuliani

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (September 13, 2022)
  • Runtime: 15 hours and 19 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797148793

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