Who's the Boss?

King of the Bowery
Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era
Richard F. Welch
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, $50, 224 pp.

King of the Bowery is a lively, scholarly account of the life and times of Timothy J. Sullivan, a.k.a. Big Tim—a moniker that described Sullivan’s physical and political presence and distinguished him from his cousin and consigliore, Little Tim. It is also a necessary book for anyone unsatisfied by the usual histories of Irish-American urban political machines, which reduce some of the most successful and long-lived political operations in U.S. history to a...

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About the Author

Peter Quinn is the author of three novels, including The Man Who Never Returned (Overlook).