Doig traces the evolution of the Port Authority from the battles leading to its creation in 1921 through its conflicts with the railroads and its expansion to build bridges and tunnels for motor vehicles. Chronicling the adroit maneuvers that led the Port Authority to take control of the region's airports and seaport operations, build the largest bus terminal in the nation, and construct the World Trade Center, Doig reveals the rise to power of one of the world's largest specialized regional governments.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been responsible for creating and maintaining much of the area's transportation infrastructure. Doig (politics and public affairs, Princeton U.) presents a history of the Port Authority from its creation in 1921 through its conflicts with the railroads and its expansion to build bridges and tunnels for motor vehicles. Also discussed are the Port Authority's control of the regions airports and seaport operations and the construction of the World Trade Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)