Excerpt:Â When I look at the movers and shakers in modern times, I always try to find their "precedent figure" in the annals of history. For example, Republican presidential candidate, front-runner and former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani is a fascinating person. In my opinion, Giuliani's precedent figure was a man named Thomas Dewey. You may ask, dear reader, who is Thomas Dewey? He was one of many obscure, self-made men of American political history who came to prominence in the 1930s and 40s. Although Dewey was of diminutive stature, he was very aggressive, fearless and ruthlessly ambitious. He first made headlines as the zealous New York district attorney that waged an all-out war against organized crime. He even had the guts and cleverness to put the "boss of all bosses," Lucky Luciano, in prison.