John Dos Passos’s Profile of Fiorello La Guardia

Did you know? In 1943, John Dos Passos wrote a lengthy, charming profile of New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia for Liberty magazine. Although Dos Passos was best known as a novelist, he was also a skilled journalist. His portrait of La Guardia suggests a politician hard at work, deeply invested in the finer points of constituent service. “It strikes me,” said Dos Passos,”that this is the culmination of the sort of life that Fiorello La Guardia probably dreamed of for himself.”