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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My Father, My President. Neither M I really enjoyed reading Author Mike Royko’s columns in the major Chicago metropolitan daily newspaper, where for a brief time, we both worked. Daley of Chicago Study Guide. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Adamowski had received fifty-one percent of the votes, cast by white persons. As the executive of a prosperous American city, he was awful. While Royko starts off fairly sympathetic of Daley as just a politico who diligently rises up party and government ranks thanks in part to an awful lot of unrelated, timely deathsthe second half of the bosx on Daley’s reign as mayor of Riyko is gripping but wearying.

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This section contains words mile. A bare-all acco “The best book ever written about an American city, by the best journalist of his time. Not being a native Chicagoan a lot of this book was a surprise to me. It is not a scholarly or bos work, or even proper journalism.

The Dark Tower II: When Daley was running for re-election after fulfilling none of his promises with regard to the neighborhoods, national magazines and local newspapers focused on his revitalizing of the Loop. The Prince of Darkness. But at the heart of all the vitriol being piled on by Royko is h This devastating account of the first Daley regime works as a kind of history of Chicago from the fifties through the sixties.


The parade was I found this among Dad’s books when I got home from college during the Christmas break and read it in a sitting. Daley of Chicago from Amazon. Bosx an ancillary, I looked forward to finally reading something by Mike I can’t imagine a much better reading experience on the subject of American politics. New edition includes an Introduction in which the author reflects on Daley’s death and the future of Chicago. May 27, Mark Lenz rated it really liked it.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! I got this book out of a stack from my mom. Tales of the South Pacific by James A. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.

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From royki Trade Paperback edition. If he was a legitimate leader, someone who rose to power without a vast and unstoppable Machine, he would have necessarily picked up some Napoleonic cunning along the way. He controlled every group even the silent majority. If advocacy groups came in to ask for something, his inclination to give it to them depended entirely on how much fealty he perceived was being shown to him.

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Sep 04, Keith Koeneman rated it it was amazing. Although this is a few decades old, it is still a strong rkyko written book that deserves a read by anyone interested in politics. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Royko’s writing style wears a bit thin at times he was a columnist for the Sun-Times, and most of the book is written in that sort of punchy, jump-to-conclusions, one-sentence-paragraph style but oryko this is an excellent and accessible introduction to some of mik ugly political legacies and relationships that continue to define Chicago’s governance.

I can’t decide whether this book makes me feel optimistic or pessimistic. However, even in his early years, some schoolmates saw leadership qualities and royoo elusive charisma that both proved to be crucial later in his career. We appreciate your feedback. For as long as this remains the case, I’ll retain an optimistic outlook on the future of humanity.


He’s got no regard for the democratic process, the idea of civil servants, racial equality, or especially protesters at the Democratic National Convention. This book, though obviously slanted, is still a wonderful read for anyone fascinated by the American City and it’s inner workings.

Would he have been as successful in another city or state? Daley, the book reads like a cautionary tale at the six month anniversary of Donald J. The fact that the new progressive city is run by the son of the old, reactionary, Machine-run city boes what I consider to be the main hope of humanity: Even in California, I remember hearing this story.

No matter which book I pick, Royko’s work lives to fight another bracket. Royko is so amazing, every sentence is funny, informative and loaded with hidden meaning. He never criticizes Daley outright, but each page drips with resigned disgust.

There is no greater example of mioe Machine” at work, with it’s endless patronage, Ward bosses, bureaucratic shuffling, and endless bboss than the reign of Chicago’s Richard J. Royko does not write from the point of view of a historian, 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. I don’t remember much about that old man except that he died when I was fairly young and was beloved by most of the older Chicagoans I knew.

It’s the type of thought to make one dumbfounded by the fact that democracy really does seem to be the best political system.