Books: The Book Of Moses

THE POWER BROKER by ROBERT A. CARO 1,246 pages. Knopf. $17.95.

Can New York's master builder Robert Moses really be worth reading about in a tome far longer than War and Peace? The astonishing answer, in an age when doorstop books have become a plague, is yes—emphatically yes.

Moses held a dozen state and city jobs that ranged from control of most of New York State's hydroelectric power to a virtual czardom over the city's public works and building projects. He pushed great roads in all directions from the hub of New York City....

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