A Readers' Guide to the Good Stuff From Rudy!

63 Hot Newsbreaks in the New Giuliani Biography

 Here are 63 newsy nuggets—listed by chapter and page—from Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudy Giuliani, which is just hitting stores this week. Last week, the Voice excerpted the story of Rudy’s felon father, Harold Giuliani, so we’ve left that out of my list of favorites.


Chapter 1
1. Disney's confidentiality agreement with the Dinkins and Cuomo administrations in December 1993 barred discussion of the memo of understanding on a 42nd Street theater until Giuliani could announce it as his own deal in February 1994. (Pages 6-7)
2. Major development decisions, a drop in crime, sidewalk cleanliness, and porn shop closures in Times Square occurred either prior to or independent of Giuliani's administration. (6-10)

Chapter 2
3. Harold's closest friend, Lou Carbonetti Sr., was a mob-tied Democratic leader with boxing world connections. (27)
4. Rudy's average at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School was 84.8, ranking him 130th out of 378 students in his class. His SAT scores were 569 in verbal and 504 in math, meaning he had a mediocre high school record. (34) His Regents average was 79. (Chapter 3, 50)

Chapter 3
5. Harold and Leo D'Avanzo, Rudy's uncle, are involved in a Coney Island shoot-out with a mob competitor. (46-47)
6. Rudy's Manhattan College grades led to his graduation with honors, not magna cum laude as claimed. (49-50)
7. Kathy Livermore, Rudy's college girlfriend, reveals young Rudy's idea of the "perfect" political wife, his pragmatic reasons for becoming a Republican, and his ferocious temper. (51-52)

Chapter 4
8. Giuliani's role in the "Prince of the City" cop corruption cases of the early '70s is disputed (80-82); he made no police prosecutions based on Bob Leuci's information. (82)
9. Rudy's dating ways during his first marriage to his second cousin, Regina Peruggi, are revealed. (84-85)
10. Rudy's hyped cross-examination of Congressman Bert Podell was a career-making stunt; Podell had agreed to plead guilty before the cross started, and the agreement was merely awaiting approval by the Justice Department in Washington. (88-89)

Chapter 5
11. Regina leaves Rudy in 1980 and begins a 12-year relationship with a black professor, who runs her college program. (101-102)
12. Giuliani's appointment as associate attorney general was quietly held up for months because of questions about his handling of an earlier inquiry. (104-105)
13. Strangely, Rudy's family criminal history never surfaces when he assumes top Justice post. (106)
14. Donna Hanover arrives in Miami in 1980 and asks where the lawyers hang out. (110) Property records indicate she's still married to Stanley Hanover. (112)

Chapter 6
15. As associate attorney general, Rudy personally negotiated the interdiction treaty that led to the Coast Guard blockade of Haiti. (116, 122)
16. State Department cables and Giuliani's seven-page memo describe his bow to Duvalier power on trip to Haiti. (117-120)
17. Rudy's testimony in Haiti case is contradicted by people he cited himself, as well as the facts. (120, 121, 127, 128)
18. A Duvalier lobbyist close to Reagan arranged Rudy's visit to Haiti and lays claim to influencing Giuliani policies, including pursuit of anti-Duvalier rebels. (126)
19. Giuliani memo to Reagan claims Cubans can't be released into the community because some of them are homosexuals. (131)

Chapter 7
20. United States Attorney Rudy had reason to know Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Perlmutter was in deep personal trouble but did nothing while the assistant looted the federal evidence vault of cocaine for his personal use. (140-141)
21. Rudy seeks annulment of his marriage to Regina on misleading grounds, "offends" Regina. Motive for annulment is political, anticipated by Rudy's former girlfriend Livermore. (143-145)

Chapter 8
22. Rudy's indictment of Ed Meese's friend Robert Wallach was opposed by the independent counsel in undisclosed memos. He rushed the indictment so he could make a decision about entering a possible Senate race over the Christmas holidays in 1987. (168-169)
23. Giuliani killed the publication of annual reports at the Southern District, but a statistical comparison of his tenure with other federal districts and with his predecessor identifies a host of shortcomings.(173-174)

Chapter 9
24. Ed Koch's 1987 stroke came in the midst of mounting pressures over a combined press/U.S. attorney probe of a city contract awarded to Richard Nathan, a purported lover of his. (175-181) Jack McAvoy, a Washington attorney, verifies that Nathan was summoned from California by close Giuliani aides and questioned about Koch's sex life. (178-180)
25. Koch aide Herb Rickman, a witness in the Bess Myerson trial, says that Giuliani's office repeatedly asked him about Koch's sex life. (183-184)
26. Koch aide Larry Kieves says he was brought in as a potential Myerson witness and also questioned about the mayor's sex life. (184) These three new sources confirm Nathan's comments to the Voice in 1993, and are backed up by diary entries in a federal agent's logs and interviews with the agent, another investigator, and several other individuals.

Chapter 11
27. A tabloid smear of Giuliani linking him to a Nazi slogan while U.S. attorney was encouraged by Al D'Amato, who was doing anything he could to damage his fellow Republican (204-207). The U.S. attorney's office accelerated a probe of D'Amato during the 1989 campaign. (214)

Chapter 12
28. The Reverend Al Sharpton was a back-channel source of negative information on David Dinkins to Giuliani's 1989 campaign. (226)
29. The Giuliani campaign leaked damaging and often unfair information on Dinkins's aides. (226-227) The same SDNY agent who probed Koch's sex life looked into an alleged Dinkins girlfriend. (228-229)
30. The Giuliani campaign was given love letters written to Dinkins by several women. The letters had apparently been taken from Dinkins's office by his former secretary. (229-231) The campaign tried to plant stories about the letters, but no newspaper would print one. (231-234, 236)

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