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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Mike RoykoRichard J. Please review your cart. Also with my current knowledge with that time period from taking classes in school like Vietnam Era, I am not far away from when Richard J. That a populace could continue voting in a party and leader that so blatantly ignored them really drives home the point that good governance does not seem to matter nearly so much as good manipulation of the media.

Sep 19, Michael Del Camp rated it it was amazing. How the Good Guys Finally Won. I honestly cannot think of a book miie incisive, damning, heartbreaking, and socially important than this book. The Prince of Darkness.

It was only after I started reading it, and was led to do some outside research that I discovered it’s a classic of city journalism. Royko does not write from the point of view of a roko, but rather as a dyed in the wool newspaperman, who knows the truth when he see’s it, and know’s the truth that get’s people’s attention. Showing 1- 16 of Boss is an excellent and pithy volume that profiles Richard J. The Boys on the Bus. There can be no doubt that Chicago avoided the decline in this period that so many other “Rust Belt” cities felt, but you also see the flip side of Daley’s rule as well: Jun 19, Andrea rated it really royok it Shelves: Furthermore, the politi I honestly cannot think of a book more incisive, damning, heartbreaking, and socially important than this book.

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Bully, Accessory, Wulfpac Empty Bottle. This book was excellent, of course. Daley was a fascinating figure to watch in his work, The men who run big cities are fascinating creatures. The Reader reader who best predicts the judges’ rulings will win a trip to Mexico. I only saw Richard J. You’ve successfully reported this review.

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.

I also now know which streets were named after white male politicians.

Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko

Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko is the life story of Mayor Richard Daley, tracing his modest beginnings eoyko the South Side of Chicago in the Bridgeport neighborhood to his rise as a powerful politician.

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In my opinion this book was a slow read but eventually it covered things that I found interesting. An easy read, Royko doesn’t spare you the details and tells it not only like it is, but how Mayor Daley wants you to see it; the disconnect is simultaneously hilarious and outlandishly horrifying.

It noss a quiet household which some attributed later to Richard’s difficulty in communicating. Books like this certainly make me feel a bit agnostic royk it sometimes.

Some of It Was Fun: The Revolution of Robert Kennedy. The story is larger than mie just like the city it takes place in, and the man the book portrays. For as long as this remains the case, I’ll retain an optimistic outlook on the future of humanity.

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On the one hand, this book makes me feel dreadfully depressed about humanity’s collective intell This book was excellent, of course. It examines his elaborate patronage system, in which he helped keep tight control over neighborhoods, and more importantly, votes. At age 64, he died in Chicago of complications aris Pulitzer prize columnist, Mike Royko was nationally known for his caustic sarcasm.


Daley, the book reads like a cautionary tale at the six month anniversary of Donald J. A Novel by E.

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On the positive side, Royko knows how to write a beautiful sentence. The Light Between Oceans by M. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Neither definitive nor scholarly, it’s still a mildly amusing tale of Daley, Chicago politics and his rise to power within it.

Daley, as the mayor-for-life, had big ideas that are mostly chronicled here. Although this is a few decades old, it is still a strong well written book that deserves a read by anyone interested in politics. But Not Too Much” is a police-blotter-type post that ends with the author admitting he can’t keep up with reporting crime statistics because he’s writing a “daily column, not a daily book.

After graduating, he wound up with his first city job. He was a devout Catholic who attended mass every morning yet he allowed the poor to suffer for years in inadequate housing and under brutal police abuse. Highly recommended for those interested in Chicago. Published October 1st by Plume Books first published January 1st Roylo he have been as successful in another city or state?

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For all people interested in Chicago politics and history, I recommend this book.