Politics and Pasta: A Memoir

Politics and Pasta: A Memoir

by Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr., David Fisher


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An election is a war and "to the victor belongs the spoils." As I learned so well, that's the real democratic process. After all, you'll never see a victorious politician tell his supporters, "I want to thank all of you who worked so hard for my election. However, in the interest of good government, I've decided to give all the jobs to those people who voted against me."

My name is Buddy Cianci. I spent almost three decades as mayor of Providence...before leaving for an enforced vacation in a federally funded gated community.

When I first took office, Providence was a dying industrial city, and I helped turn it into one of the most desirable places to live in America. I did it by playing the game of hardball politics as well as it has ever been played. My favorite Frank Sinatra lyric is "I did it my way," because that's the only way a mayor can run a city. As I used to tell my staff, "When you spend your weekends kissing elderly women with mustaches, you can make the decisions."

If you want to know the truth about how politics is played, you picked the right book. This is the behind-the-locked-door story of how politics in America really works. It's take me a lifetime of successes and failures to write it. It's all in these pages. I have been called many things in my career: I've been "America's Most Innovative Mayor," a "colorful character," and a convicted felon. But no one has ever called me shy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250006523
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 761,581
Product dimensions: 12.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

VINCENT “BUDDY” CIANCI, JR. (1941-2016) was a former prosecutor and Mayor of Providence. As mayor he was credited with turning the city around and making it a destination. He went on to become a top-rated radio talk show host in New England on 630 WPRO AM and 99.7 FM, chief political analyst for WLNE-ABC Channel 6, and host of the weekly TV talk show On the Record with Buddy Cianci.

DAVID FISHER is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestsellers. He lives in New York.

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jc65 More than 1 year ago
As a RI resident, who sat a few miles outside Providence since 1989, I enjoyed this book immensely. I recommend this book as a really great read into the life of a very complex man. I do not know Buddy and have never met him. I watched his terms in office and watched the city come to life under his watch. Talking for friends who have lived in this state for years they tell me if he runs again he will WIN. A neighbor works for Providence Water who says he knew everyone in City Hall. She tells me Mayor Cilline never bothered, he was not beloved the way Buddy was and still is. So I would say this is aa must read if you know anything about RI Politics.
John Mcgurn More than 1 year ago
As A former resident of Rhode Island, I found this book to be great reading. I have allways been A fan of buddy Cianci. He did A lot for the city of Providence and always told it like it was.
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