"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 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. New edition includes an Introduction in which the author reflects on Daley's death and the future of Chicago.
Author: Mike Royko Publisher: Plume Books Published: 10/01/1988 Pages: 216 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.44lbs Size: 7.92h x 5.33w x 0.59d ISBN: 9780452261679 Age Range: 18-UP
Review Citation(s): Publishers Weekly 07/01/1988
About the Author 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.