Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma (Paperback)
Erastus Corning 2nd was elected mayor of Albany eleven times, serving forty-two consecutive years, a tenure unsurpassed in American political history. Now available in paperback, Paul Grondahl's thoroughly researched and comprehensive biography of Albany's mayor for life offers a full, sweeping portrait of Corning, the charming, cunning, patrician front man for the dictatorial Albany Democratic machine. Filled with insight and anecdotes, this biography reveals the enigmatic mayor in ways even his closest associates never imagined.
About the Author
Paul Grondahl is an award-winning reporter at the "Albany Times Union, " where his feature articles and in-depth projects have won local, state, and national writing prizes. He has also written for a variety of publications, including "The New York Times Book Review, Newsday, " and numerous magazines.
Grondahl, forty-five, is the author of "Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, " a political biography of the nation's longest-tenured mayor and a mythic figure in the vaunted Albany Democratic machine. "The New York Times Book Review" praised Grondahl's book as "a minor classic," and "The New Yorker" said it "evokes its subject with novelistic assurance."
Grondahl lives in Guilderland, a suburb of Albany, with his wife and two children.