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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And to the south was ireland No other book I’ve ever read more graphically details the inner workings of American politics and political actors in a major American city. Rather, it is a sort of narrative, detailing the history of The Machine in Chicago and of Richard Daley, who was its best personification.

There was no need, since “Da Mare” had control of rroyko local governing bodies.

Royko recounts the near police riot prior to the convention p. The Mahabharata Vana Parva: In the Courts of the Crimson Kings. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Item s unavailable for purchase. The book also provided me with some provocative royok about the relationships between political power, organized labor, and equity. Yes, in an example of true Chicago election chicanery, the bosd, great columnist has a pass to move on to round two.

The author who wrote this was a newspaper columnist who followed Daley closely and was capable of displaying his knowledge in the paper. Subscribe to this thread:. Muckraking at its best, a remorseless book that bites and tears.

If you read this book, by all means, read what I consider its companion piece, Clout: He gave tirelessly of his time, talent, knowledge, and advice, whether running sound at a gig or recording a young band. Pulitzer prize columnist, Mike Royko was nationally known for his caustic sarcasm.


As an ancillary, I looked forward to finally reading something by Mike Royko. Most children from Bridgeport did eoyko wind up in college.

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To see the results of previous bouts, look here. He was a confident man who walked into rooms already knowing where he was going. The way that the author wrote impressed me because of the amount of detail he was able to go into. Daley of Chicago is both a stimulating and a depressing book.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Let Me Hear Your Voice: The Revolution royjo Robert Kennedy. Daley illuminated many things about the great city of Chicago. 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.

The bigots and the conservatives die out and their sons and daughters push us onwards towards progress. This book provides a quick primer on Chicago politics. Or maybe it’s the type of fact to make one doubt that democracy really is the best system.

On the one hand, this book makes me feel dreadfully depressed about humanity’s collective intelligence. See if you have enough points for this item.

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Chicago is a much changed city since Boss was written, but Rokyo’s words still carry insights into our city and politics. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Admittedly, the only reason I gave it 4 stars is that it is not more complete, which it doesn’t attempt, because the reader is presumably not interested in the minutia of, say, the massive highway projects or the Lake Shore Drive high-rise construction that happened during his tenure as mayor.


But the enormous black vote had given Daley his victory. It detailed the mayor’s rumored racism, and subsequent hatred of MLK,and his landslides and his close calls. Want to Read saving…. Driven The Driven Trilogy by K. I would recommend this book to anyone who gives a damn about her city’s and nation’s future or his children’s and family’s future, about his own present and livelihood as well as those of his fellow person.

On some level, I think the Mike Bss bout of this tournament has the lowest stakes. Any American who reads this book will leave it with a completely different attitude toward our country’s present and future, or else with confirmation that our country and its cities really are screwed beyond repair and that, despite this, we must always fight for justice, freedom, royok fairness.

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Apr 22, Kevin Bernal rated it really liked it. Jul 09, Tom rated it really liked it. This section contains words approx. View the Study Pack. He’s got no regard mikke the democratic process, the idea of civil servants, racial equality, or especially protesters at the Democratic National Convention.

Or how about pitting two Mike Royko books against each other in a tournament to determine the Greatest Chicago Book?

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