City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Mason B. Williams
Wed, August 28th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

In the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia forged a critical partnership to rescue a city—and a nation—from the depths of a national crisis. In his new book, City of Ambition, Mason B. Williams examines the relationship between these two political titans and offers a fresh vantage point on the New Deal and New York history.

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Mason B. Williams is the author of City of Ambition, which was recently nominated for the Bancroft Dissertation Prize. He has taught a variety of classes in 19th and 20th century U.S. history at Columbia University.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, the program would take place at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group