New York: Mayor's Nest

In his nearly three years as New York City's mayor, John V. Lindsay has seemed to lead a charmed life. Taking office after an upset victory, he was immediately faced with a prolonged subway strike that might have broken almost anyone else. Fortunately for him, New Yorkers accepted it—as they tend to accept all man-made disasters—as well as a garbage strike that made the city's streets look like Saigon's. Nor were New Yorkers particularly troubled when some of Lindsay's aides began to desert him, or when scandals erupted that would have tarnished the administration of a less magical mayor.

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