Boss

Richard J. Daley of Chicago

By Mike Royko
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452261679, 216pp.)

Publication Date: October 1988

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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.




About the Author
Mike Royko (1932-1997) worked as a daily columnist for the "Chicago Daily News," the "Chicago Sun-Times," and the "Chicago Tribune," His Pulitzer Prize-winning columns were syndicated in more than 600 newspapers across the country.


NPR
Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012

The term "Chicago politics" gets bandied about whenever people complain about what they see as corruption and abuse of power. But what does it actually mean? These four books examine the city's hardball approach to politics through various lenses. More at NPR.org

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