Under his watch, crime fell. He cut taxes and the welfare rolls. Supporters say that he did what his liberal predecessors could not. Then came 9/11.
The biggest terrorist attack in the nation's history solidified his legacy as a leader with a commanding yet reassuring presence. And now a bid for the presidency may be next on the agenda.
Hear a conversation with Fred Siegel, the author of the new biography, "The Prince of The City: Giuliani, New York And the Genius of American Life."
Fred Siegel, professor of history at the Cooper Union, and author of "The Prince of The City: Giuliani, New York And the Genius Of American Life"
Wayne Barrett, senior editor, The Village Voice. He has covered city and state government and politics at the Voice for 28 years. He is the author of "Rudy! An Investigative Biography".
Jack Beatty, "On Point" news analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.
This program aired on July 15, 2005.