Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago

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Plume, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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This is the story of the late Richard J. Daley, politician and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious youth on Chicago's South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of the Democratic Party machine. A bare-all account of Daley's cardinal sins as well as his milestone achievements, this scathing work by Chicago journalist Mike Royko brings to life the most powerful political figure of his time: his laissez-faire policy toward corruption, his unique brand of public relations, and the widespread influence that earned him the epithet of “king maker.” The politician, the machine, the city—Royko reveals all with witty insight and unwavering honesty, in this incredible portrait of the last of the backroom Caesars. This new edition includes an Introduction in which the author reflects on Daley's death and the future of Chicago.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This book is about the interplay between politics and crime in the 1960's and before. Daley isn't the stuff of noble aspiration, but such men as he are part of the American political landscape. Royko ... Read full review

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The best kind of journalism. Tough, insightful, devoid of bullshit. Not just a savage political take down, but an insightful portrait of a brawling politician who used his office like a blunt object ... Read full review


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Mike Royko was a nationally syndicated columnist working for the Chicago Tribune. His other books include Like I Was Saying and Sez Who? Sez Me.

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