[E–pub New] A Kind of Genius Herb Sturz and Society's Toughest Problems


Wwwnytimescom20090426booksrevithat s the review Here s the last sentence of it When he started out 50 years ago Sturz had nothing than a college degree an encouraging note from a favorite author John Steinbeck and a vague commitment to improve the lives of society s downtrodden Unlike most young people with worthy aspirations he actually managed to change things Perhaps as President Obama suggested recently the critical factor in creating change is persistence Keeping faith for half a century is a ind of genius tooHe was a progressive who could work with conservative people Always working to improve. In A Kind of genius tooHe was a progressive who could work with conservative people Always working to improve. In A Kind Genius Sam Roberts offers a window onto Herb Sturz's extraordinary life's work Sturz began his long career in social *Entrepreneurship By Reforming The Bail System And Founding The Vera *by reforming the bail system and founding the Vera of Justice He served as New ,


A Kind of Genius Herb Sturz and Society's Toughest ProblemsThe lot of those at the bottom This guy did apparently invent everything from the modern release on recognizance bail scheme to workfare to New York s paratransit Access A invent everything from the modern release on recognizance bail scheme to workfare to New York s paratransit Access A and for that he certainly deserves a book yet most people even *most New Yorkers have hardly even seen his name in a newspaper The author explains that Sturz demonstrates what *New Yorkers have hardly even seen his name in a newspaper The Author Explains That Sturz explains that Sturz what be accomplished when one is willing to share credit Or as Sturz himself says Politicians need the credit I don t He consciously ept himself obscure so his programs could thriveThe problem is that Sturz is so immune to credit and publicity that even in. Ork City's Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice under Ed Koch and then as Chairman of the City Planning Commision He moved on to establish affordable inner city housing and programs for at risk individuals But Sturz has to date largely esch. His own book he takes backstage while the reader is barraged with countless non profits and spin offs he started His actual influence or position in any of them seems obscure The author also seems to think that every single one of these programs was an unalloyed good also seems to think that every single one of these programs was an unalloyed good often little evidence is provided The constant mission creep of these programs tends to indicate that they were occasionally misguided or misdirected They also changed names and priorities so often that they tend to blur into one another A little research and a little clarity and focus would have done a great deal to improve this book. Ewed the public's eyeRoberts pays tribute to Sturz's inspirational legacy of accomplishment His initiatives have consistently provided solutions to our most challenging problems Here for the first time his astonishing story is told in fu. ,