Boss has ratings and reviews. Kevin said: Mike Royko must have had balls of steel to write this book in , during the heyday of the Chicago. “The best book ever written about an American city, by the best journalist of his time.”— Jimmy Breslin New edition of the classic story of. Boss, Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko is the life story of Mayor Richard Daley, tracing his modest beginnings on the South Side of Chicago in the.

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What a revelation this book, then, a slim volume that goes down like popcorn. It’s an excellent sampling and a great example of the pithiness and vinegar that his daily readers enjoyed, and part of the body of work that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in He also knows Chicago, and captures Daley and the city at a key juncture in American urban history.

The machine presided over the ward bosses, precinct captains and the voters.

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We appreciate your feedback. Daley, the last of the big city machine mayors. Boy’s Life by Robert R. It examines his elaborate patronage system, in which he helped keep tight control over neighborhoods, and more importantly, votes. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. The men who run big cities are fascinating creatures.

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From Front Porch to Back Seat: Through the book you see the progression of Richard as a politician and as a person. This book was really well done and stands the test of time. No matter which book I pick, Royko’s work lives to fight another bracket. Nixon’s White House Wars. The proposed law would make it legal for adults to possess, purchase, and grow weed and would regulate and tax the drug statewide. The bigots and the conservatives die out and their sons and daughters push us onwards towards progress.


This was Chicago who wrote the book, as channeled through Mike Royko. In lig Mike Royko must have had balls of steel to write this book induring the heyday of the Chicago Machine! Jan 24, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: Rather, it is a sort of narrative, detailing the history of The Machine in Chicago and of Richard Daley, who was its best personification.

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Shanahan was a Republican running unopposed and the ballots were already printed.

He also credits them with preserving the lake shore for all Chicagoans, a magnificent feature of our city that pays increasing benefits with every passing year. But at the heart of all the vitriol being piled on by Royko is h This devastating account of the first Daley regime works as a kind of history of Chicago from the fifties through the sixties.

New edition includes an Introduction in which the author reflects on Daley’s death and the future of Chicago. But the enormous black vote had given Daley his victory. I found this among Dad’s books when I ryoko home from college during the Christmas break and read it in a sitting.

Lists with This Book. He had control of the money and the thousands mie patronage jobs that he handed out like candy in return for bringing in the vote. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko.

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings. Bosd the bottom line is that Boss is a classic, one of the great books of American literature.


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The son of Richard J. In total, this was among the most enjoyable and informative and real books I have ever read. Would you like us to take another look at this review? He soon found his best qualities and began to work on them. The Royko of Boss is no historian; he is a witness, interpreter, cohort, and conscience. As head of the machine, royk knew everything about everyone in the Democratic party. He was well aware that the Machine held more power that the position of mayor.

Anything for a Vote. Sep 04, Keith Koeneman rated it it was amazing. In my opinion this book was a slow read but eventually it covered things that I found interesting.

I can’t imagine a much better reading experience on the subject of American politics. When I study historical figures, I try and see them less in a black and white manner where they were either a genius or a POS. Although he dealt with known corruption, Daley operated within a strange dichotomy, a parallel universe. From the Trade Paperback edition.

It also answered some questions I’d had for a long time why is Mr. The story is larger than life just like the city it takes place in, and the man the book portrays.

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