The Rascal King: The Life And Times

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Da Capo Press, Oct 9, 2007 - History - 620 pages
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Twice-jailed scoundrel and the people's champion, builder of hospitals and schools and shameless grafter, compelling orator and master of political farce, James Michael Curley was the stuff of legend long before his life became fiction in Edwin O'Connor's classic novel The Last Hurrah. As mayor of Boston, as congressman, as governor of Massachusetts, Curley rose from the Irish slums in a career extending from the Progressive Era of Teddy Roosevelt to the ascendancy of JFK. Beatty's spellbinding story of this remarkable man—and of his city, his people, and his times—is biography at its best.
  

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Contents

PROLOGUE November ig8
8
The Shin of a Sparrow
20
The Boy from Home
39
3 The Crouching Tiger
64
To Washington and Back
111
5 The Metamorphistical Mayor
179
6 Builder and Demagogue
213
7 Depression Mayor
249
Airconditioned Voice 39
309
9 The HitandRun Governor
345
Himself Again
403
Fedora
439
EPILOGUE Pardoned
497
Notes
525
Index
557
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Jack Beatty is a senior editor at "The Atlantic Monthly," & the author of "The Rascal King," a biography of the legendary Irish-American politician James Michael Curley, & "The World According to Peter Drucker," a biography of the influential thinker. He lives in Boston.

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