The Prince of Providence

COP: “Buddy, I think this is a whorehouse.” BUDDY CIANCI: “Now I know why they made you a detective.” Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where corruption is entertainment and Mayor Buddy Cianci presided over the longest-running ...

Author: Mike Stanton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588362926

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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COP: “Buddy, I think this is a whorehouse.” BUDDY CIANCI: “Now I know why they made you a detective.” Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where corruption is entertainment and Mayor Buddy Cianci presided over the longest-running lounge act in American politics. In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption. Buddy Cianci was part urban visionary, part Tony Soprano—a flawed political genius in the mold of Huey Long and James Michael Curley. His lust for power cost him his marriage, his family, and close friendships. Yet he also revitalized the city of Providence, where ethnic factions jostle with old-moneyed New Englanders and black-clad artists from the Rhode Island School of Design rub shoulders with scam artists from City Hall. For nearly a quarter of a century, Cianci dominated this uneasy melting pot. During his first administration, twenty-two political insiders were convicted of corruption. In 1984, Cianci resigned after pleading guilty to felony assault, for torturing a man he suspected of sleeping with his estranged wife. In 1990, in a remarkable comeback, Cianci was elected mayor once again; he went on to win national acclaim for transforming a dying industrial city into a trendy arts and tourism mecca. But in 2001, a federal corruption probe dubbed Operation Plunder Dome threatened to bring the curtain down on Cianci once and for all. Mike Stanton takes readers on a remarkable journey through the underside of city life, into the bizarre world of the mayor and his supporting cast, including: • “Buckles” Melise, the city official in charge of vermin control, who bought Providence twice as much rat poison as the city of Cleveland, which was at the time four times as large, and wound up increasing Providence’s rat population. During a garbage strike, Buckles sledgehammered one city employee and stuck his thumb in another’s eye. Cianci would later describe this as “great public policy.” • Anthony “the Saint” St. Laurent, a major Rhode Island bookmaker and loan shark, who tried to avoid prison by citing his medical need for forty bowel irrigations a day, thus earning himself the nickname “Public Enema Number One.” • Dennis Aiken, a celebrated FBI agent and public corruption expert, who asked to be sent to “the Louisiana of the North,” where he enlisted an undercover businessman to expose the corrupt secrets of Cianci’s City Hall. The Prince of Providence is a colorful and engrossing account of one of the most tragicomic figures in modern American life—and the city he transformed.

Dusk Rising

"I am just having... an unseemly hair day."The much anticipated sequel to The Insignificance Paradigm, Dusk Rising continues the epic story of the lost prince of Pinnea, Eleazaar Oman, a cleric of the Order of Infinite Light.

Author: John Hamilton

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1981593268

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"How interesting," it said with a heavy accent. "You are certainly no paladin." "Actually... I am," Eleazaar replied as he gasped to catch his breath. "I am just having... an unseemly hair day." The much anticipated sequel to The Insignificance Paradigm, Dusk Rising continues the epic story of the lost prince of Pinnea, Eleazaar Oman, a cleric of the Order of Infinite Light. Now at eighteen, a year of introspect on his tragic quest into Satoochie Forest has helped him come to terms, as all must, with personal losses. When trouble arises in the southern mountains where the Urada and Kolradi meet, he is ready to answer the call when his mentor comes seeking his aid. Banded together with a collection of volunteers and led by noble paladin Sir Fausto de Harela, sent by Lord Alcantara, he sets off to try and save the people of the small craft village of Eoferwic. Located in the domain of Lord Tirabassi, his own attempt to resolve the crisis did not fare well, and some fear the violent threat could spill beyond his provincial borders. With information about what danger they face limited to grisly remains and second-hand tales, the group ascends the mountains unsure of what to expect. But, Eleazaar thinks he may already know what lies ahead from his own research... even if the others do not want to hear it. There is a pattern to the killings and it only fits one profile in the tomes. He is ready for it, or at least he thinks he is. His faith will be tested in ways he did not imagine as he comes face to face with the darkest and most vile of all predators.

Assassination Politics and Miracles

... Planelli de la Valette 52 called on the electors to display their “ devotion to the King's person , and to add their congratulations to those of the authorities on the birth of the Prince , which Providence has just bestowed on ...

Author: David Skuy

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773524576

Category: History

Page: 301

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An in-depth examination of the event that precipitated the complete domination of Restoration politics by the Royalists and ultimately convinced millions of French citizens to support Louis XVIII and the Bourbon monarchy.

Lex rex the law and the prince a dispute for the just prerogative of king and people containing the reasons and causes of the defensive wars of the kingdom of Scotland and of their expedition for the ayd and help of their brethren of England In which a full answer is given to a seditious pamphlet intituled Sacro sancta regum majestas penned by J Maxwell By S Rutherford Followed by De jure regni apud Scotos a dialogue tr by R Macfarlan repr from the ed of 1799

to God's ordinary providence , selves against a tyrant , ultimo necessitatis which ( if royalists may be believed ) putteth præsidio . The case of Scotland , when we bar upon the unlimited power of were blocked up by sea and land with ...

Author: Samuel Rutherford

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ISBN: OXFORD:590864838

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Unbeaten

His record was a perfect 49-0. Unbeaten is the story of this remarkable champion who overcame injury, doubt, and the schemes of corrupt promoters to win the title in a bloody and epic battle with Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952.

Author: Mike Stanton

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781627799201

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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From the bestselling author of The Prince of Providence, a revelatory biography of Rocky Marciano, the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary heavyweight champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. His record was a perfect 49-0. Unbeaten is the story of this remarkable champion who overcame injury, doubt, and the schemes of corrupt promoters to win the title in a bloody and epic battle with Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. Rocky packed a devastating punch with an innocent nickname, “Suzie Q,” against which there was no defense. As the champ, he came to know presidents and movie stars – and the organized crime figures who dominated the sport, much to his growing disgust. He may have “stood out in boxing like a rose in a garbage dump,” as one sportswriter said, but he also fought his own private demons. In the hands of the award-winning journalist and biographer Mike Stanton, Unbeaten is more than just a boxing story. It’s a classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, disillusionment, and a quest to discover what it all meant. Like Suzie Q, it will knock you off your feet.

The Novels and Tales of Robert Louis Stevenson

94 VIL THE PRINCE DISSOLVES THE COUNCIL 104 VIII THE PARTY OF WAR TAKES ACTION 115 IX THE PRICE OF THE RIVER FARM ; IN WHICH VAIN - GLORY GOES BEFORE A FALL 123 X GOTTHOLD's REVISED OPINION ; AND THE FALL COMPLETED 137 XI PROVIDENCE Von ...

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044090273947

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250 royal speeches from 1760 to 1882 Speakers George iii George iv William iv Victoria i

This happy munication to be made of the latter treaty , as dispensation of Providence cannot fail to mitisoon as the ... classes of the The Prince Regent has commanded us to exertions of all classes of his Majesty's subjects community ...

Author: Two hundred and fifty royal speeches

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ISBN: OXFORD:590998236

Category: Kings and rulers

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Business Week

But no A LITTLE CAESAR WITH A BIG FOOTPRINT THE PRINCE OF PROVIDENCE venality , and bombast is over as Buddy , The True Story of Buddy Cianci , America's Most Notorious Mayor , Some Wiseguys , and the Feds toupeé askew , slinks off into ...

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ISBN: UCSD:31822032723330

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