Fred Siegel


Fred Siegel is the author most recently of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life, which received the cover review in the NY Times Book Review. His previous book The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A. and the Fate of America’s Big Cities was named by Peter Jennings as one of the 100 most important books about the United States in the 20th century.

Mr. Siegel who has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and has taught at the Sorbonne, he is also a former Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington where his essay on urban policy, Markets and Empowerment: Helping Cities Help Themselves, assisted 2000 Presidential candidate Al Gore in formulating his urban policy. He makes his intellectual home at the Cooper Union for Science and Art in New York, where he has been a professor for the last twenty years.

The former editor of The City Journal, he has written for The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Public Interest, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dissent, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post’s Outlook section and The Times Literary Supplement as well as numerous academic publications. He has also appeared widely on television and radio including the PBS News Hour, the CBS and ABC Evening News, CNN, MSNBC and The O’Reilly Factor.

Mr. Siegel, who was a senior advisor to Rudy Giuliani’s 1993 mayoral campaign and wrote the candidate’s path-breaking quality of life speech, advised Hillary Clinton on New York issues as she prepared for her 2000 Senatorial run. Mr. Siegel also gave the 2000 Bradley Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, on the city and its successors. In addition to two earlier books, he has written widely on American and European politics.

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