Giuliani: Hero or Knave (Part 1,385)
August 25th, 2006

Everyone loves to argue about Rudy Giuliani’s legacy, and Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins have likely set off the latest round with their new book, Grand Illusion.

Azi Paybarah of the Politicker interviewed Barrett about the book, where he and Collins examine Giuliani’s reputation as a 9/11 hero — which they say is undeserved. The Politicker has excerpts of the interview; we excerpt the excerpts:

“He said all the rights things but I think we prove in the book he did all the wrong things. That’s before 9/11, after 9/11 and even on that day.”

“[Terrorism] was never an issue [Giuliani] discussed with his police commissioners. The overall terrorist threat was something that basically receded into the background for years.”

“The cases about the toxins in lower Manhattan are going to haunt him. Those cases will proceed when he hits the campaign trail…Some of the families are outraged at the notion that he can run for president of the United States on the strength of what he did on 9/11. I think many families are outraged by that notion. And I expect some of them to be on the campaign trail with him.”

Errol Louis of the Daily News and Kit Roane of the LA Times have given Grand Illusion positive reviews.

Roane writes that “[t]he tone of ‘Grand Illusion’ is often prosecutorial. But the writers’ extensive research results in a convincing indictment of Giuliani’s priorities as mayor and his later self-promotion as a terrorism expert.”

Louis writes that it is “time to downsize [the] Rudy 9/11 myth.”

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12 Responses to “Giuliani: Hero or Knave (Part 1,385)”

  1. Daniel Millstone Says:
    August 27th, 2006 at 5:12 am

    Sunday’s Newsday contains a not-to-be missed article by Graham Rayman on Mayor Giuliani’s mishandling of the problems posed by toxic air contaminents at the WTC site. Using just released documents, Rayman shows that City Hall ignored its own environmental data and health experts. While the article is not accusatory in tone, the facts reported are startling and appalling.

  2. al & sally regenhard Says:
    August 28th, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    We are the parents of a proby Firefighter lost at the WTC whose death was part of the massive failures of 9/11 & the unpreparedness of the Giuliani Administration to protect this city. The majority of the 343 FF’s are dead due to faulty radios that failed them in the first WTC terrorist attack in 1993 and the lack of an integrated command structure that would have prepard for the emergency coordination and communication that was so glaringly absent on 9/11 due to the failures of the Giuliani Administration. Thank God that after five long years, someone is finally telling the truth about how Rudy and his incompetent Fire and Police Commissioners failed the people of this City. For the unbelievers, I ask only one thing: Please read this book – it is full of the truth from former Firefighters, experts and families of Fiefighters. It is time for the truth because if we do not learn from the mistakes of the past, we are doomed to repeat them the next time we are attacked. unfortunately, experts tell us, it is not a matter of “if”, but “when” this will happen to us again.

    Al & Sally Regenhard, NYC

  3. wendy elizabeth Says:
    August 28th, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    The best thing that ever happened to Guilliani was 9/11. If you remember, before during that summer, you could hear nothing but negative gossip about him and Donna Hanover. His legacy would have been lousy had it not been for 9/11. And then this Bernard Kerick business. I mean, what kind of political suicide was that for Guilliani to recommend him for director of homeland security? Guilliani previously had been this hard nosed prosecutor who busted a lot of mob people. Are we really supposed to believe that Guilliani knew nothing about Kerick’s tawdry, illegal, and embarassing activities?

    I’m not worried if Guilliani runs for president, however. The republican party would never support a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage candidate.

    Support Barack Obama!!!!!

  4. kim oliver Says:
    August 30th, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Guillini was a racist and did not believe in the power of the people. He alienated minorities, prevented access to City Hall. What he did to his wife, announcing that he was leaving her on television, and having his girlfriend at Gracie Mansion while his wife was still there can never be excused or forgiven.

    His behavior during New York City’s worst crisis, 9/11, was hideous. What did he do that was good? He hogged media publicity whenever he had a chance, always appearing wherever the cameras were. He did nothing for the first responders. Where was the emergency equipment, face masks, air quality monitors (for the onsite workers and the populcation in general).

    To top it all off he wanted to continue being mayor even though his term was over as his inflated ego allowed him to believe that he was indispensible. (He apparently forgot that during the American Civil War, WW I and II elections were held and power changed hands without any problem.

    Don’t get me started about Kerik.

    Guilliani is a jerk and should be avoided like the plague.

  5. wendy elizabeth Says:
    August 30th, 2006 at 6:51 pm

    To the Regenhards:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your very brave son.

  6. wendy elizabeth Says:
    August 30th, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    Oh — one more thing.

    Kim Oliver, I cannot agree with you more. I’ll never forget the way Guiliani treated the homeless. Puerto Ricans on Avenue C selling a few things on the street to survive, and the second Guiliani got into office, everyone — I mean everyone -was getting arrested.

    Maybe that’s why he was such a horse’s behind on 9-11. He was too worried about harrassing the homeless.

  7. Thomas Paine Says:
    September 6th, 2006 at 1:19 am

    Its a sad statement that we as American’s have come to expect so little from our leaders that when Guiliani strung together a few cogent sentences on 9/11 we annointed him a national hero. The truth is he did NOTHING to prepare NYC for a terrorist attack. Its a travesty that “America’s Mayor” has gone intoi the security consulting business when he was personally responsible for the deaths of so many 9/11 first responders. I only hope that the relatives of the victims step up and help to derail his presidential campaign before its too late.

  8. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » If Only Rudy Were Here … Says:
    September 29th, 2006 at 6:48 am

    […] In today’s New York Sun, James Coll finds a way to combining two of New Yorkers’ favorite activities — hand-wringing over the lack of progress at Ground Zero and making emphatic arguments about former mayor Rudy Giuliani. […]

  9. JH Says:
    January 4th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Mayor Giuliani was a racist pig who cared more about his political ambitions than he did about the citizens of this city.

    It really makes my stomach crawl when the media’s claims that he is “America’s Mayor”

    He barely one the 1993 election with 5% of the black vote and from that point onward he has alienated minorities like myself with his white supremist attitude.

    It is funny how the media and politicians are quick to scrutinize Sharpton and company for being opporttunist and “using the race card” but are silent on the racially divisive and more destructive tactits of the former mayor.

  10. Peter Piper Says:
    March 1st, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Giuliani was a “hero” in the same way that Jaqueline Kennedy supposedly “healed the nation”. What did she do? She appeared in mourning at the funeral and did exactly what you’d expect a bereaved widow to do.

    In the same way, Giuliani happened to be the mayor of New York on 9/11, made a few speeches and became the public face the of crisis. I don’t see anything there that qualifies him to be president.

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