O Albany Author:William Kennedy, William J. Kennedy William Kennedy's celebrated cycle of novels has put Albany on the literary map. In this marvelous book, Kennedy offers an eloquent history of his colorful and turbulent hometown. O Albany! is part journalism, part memoir, all infused with love and lyricism. We visit the city's ethnic and social neighborhoods. We meet the uncommon characters who... more » tread on Kennedy's stage - Erastus Corning, America's longest-running mayor (forty-three years in office); the Prohibition celebrity gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond; the back matriarch Olivia Rorie, who transformed Albany's slums; Nelson Rockefeller and the "greatest marble project in the history of the world"; the political boss Dan O'Connell, who took City Hall in 1921 and never let go, even after he died.
Embellished with fifty-five vintage photographs and eleven maps drawn for this book, O Albany! is a historical love letter from Kennedy to his native city.« less