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From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan’s financial district to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man’s mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all. Now, in Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez's new graphic biography, the rest of Robert’s story will be told.
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Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City is a graphic novel written by Pierre Christin, illustrated by Olivier Balez and published by Nobrow.


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  • Boomerang Bigot: Despite being Jewish himself, Robert outright scoffs at the European-Jewish immigrants in the New York slums, citing that its America's job to acclimate its citizens to the American lifestyle and not the other way around.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Despite being a visionary, Robert Moses was still a man of his time. He is outwardly offended by the comparison between himself and the European-Jewish immigrants in the New York slums for their overtly semitic traits. Later in his career, he is accused of being racist since many of his projects are done in minority-heavy districts.
  • Entitled Bastard: Fitting into the architect stereotype, Robert Moses is portrayed as having a Control Freak personality, often firing inferiors at the slightest contradiction and downright threatening political officials to sign off on his projects.
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  • Mr. Alt Disney: Robert Moses outright compares himself to Walt Disney (who he had met in person), both of them "creating new universes."


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