Boss Tweed : the rise and fall of the corrupt pol who conceived the soul of modern New York
The man known as Boss Tweed can best be summed up by the quote, “Tweed was not an honest politician, but a level one.” William J. Tweed was the head of Tammany Hall in the 1860’s, the most influential political organization in the state of New York. Ackerman does a splendid job of painting all sides of this complex individual. Although Tweed did do a great number of good things for the city and state of New York, Tweed’s political career had a darker side. The New York Times, then in its infancy, was able to accelerate the downfall of Boss Tweed by shedding a bright light on his graft, corruption, and nepotism.