A Prayer for the City

A photo of people, one wearing a Rendell hat.

Buzz Bissinger



“There has never been a better portrait of how a big city functions and how one mayor operates to push, pull, and prod the cement of bureaucracy as well as the souls of individual citizens toward a better place. This is actually more of a novel than it is current history, filled with insight and anecdotes that make you feel good about politics and people, too.” — The Boston Globe
“A full-scale portrait of a struggling American metropolis that brings to mind such classics of urban reportage and analysis as J. Anthony Lukas’ Common Ground and Nicholas Lemann’s The Promised Land.” — The New York Times Book Review