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Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose    

"A richly detailed, painstakingly researched, and highly absorbing critical biography of the great theater and music impresario Billy Rose. The story he tells is a once individual and universal, specifically Jewish and entirely American." — Noah Isenberg, Los Angeles Times-bestselling author of We'll Always Have Casablanca

 

"Once an impresario who orchestrated an unceasing string of show business successes, once an inescapable object of half a century of ballyhoo, Billy Rose has long needed to be rescued from the obscurity into which his singular career has sunk. Mark Cohen has now performed that salvage operation, with a mixture of judicious sympathy and critical detachment." Stephen Whitfield, author, In Search of American Jewish Culture


"A meticulously researched study of the impresario/philanthropist Billy Rose, a figure rich in contradictions: on the one hand, an anonymous altruist (working to rescue Jews from Nazism), on the other, a hard-nosed self-publicist, possessor of what Saul Bellow called 'a buglike tropism for celebrity.' Fascinating." Zachary Leader, author, The Life of Saul Bellow

 

"In the pages of this meticulously researched, probing and affectionate biography, Cohen grants Billy Rose the revival he deserves." Janis Freedman Bellow, Tufts University

 

"Mark Cohen's prodigious research and storytelling skills bring Rose to life in this literary and historical rescue mission." Eric Alterman, author, Inequality and One City: Bill de Blasio and the New York Experiment, Year One