The Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City by Jonathan Mahler is a 356-page softcover published by Picador, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, first published in 2005, this copy is the second Picador edition of July 2007. Both the cover and inside are clean. The pages have very faint tanning to the edges. The cover has a minor crease on the bottom right edge.
A kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City in 1977, The Bronx is Burning is the story of two epic battles: the fight between Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin, and the battle between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch for the city's mayorship. Buried beneath these parallel conflicts--one for the soul of baseball, the other for the soul of a city--was the subtext of race. The brash and confident Jackson took every black myth and threw it back in white America's face. Cuomo and Koch ran bitterly negative campaigns that played upon urbanites' growing fears. Srurrounding this braided narrative was a prowling murderer dubbed the "Son of Sam," the acquisition of the New York Post by the unknown Rupert Murdoch, the opening of Studio 54, the infamous blackout, the evolution of punk rock, and the dawning of modern SoHo.