New York Times Sunday Book Review

Paul Clemens reviews Once In a Great City in the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review: “The great virtue of Maraniss’s bighearted book is that it casts a wide net, collecting and seeking to synthesize … seemingly disparate strands…The cast of characters is huge: Kennedy and King, Walter Reuther, the Ford family, Berry Gordy Jr. and his Motown artists, Malcolm X, the Franklins (the Rev. C.L. and Aretha), Lyndon Johnson, Lee Iacocca, various mobsters. Even where the material is familiar, the connections Maraniss makes among these figures feel fresh. He’s even better on the lesser known. ” Read the full review here.

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