Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%
By Kari Lydersen
(Haymarket Books, Paperback, 9781608462223, 297pp.)
Publication Date: November 2013
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With deep connections to high finance and a penchant for profanity, Rahm Emanuel became the mayor of Chicago and brought a new paradigm to the city once notorious for its Democratic machine. This compelling examination of the contradictory past of this former congressman and White House chief of staff sheds a spotlight on money and influence in our political system. Kari Lydersen explores how Emanuel became known as "Mayor One Percent" - and how Chicago's 99 percent insisted on having their voices heard.
Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based journalist, author and journalism instructor who has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Progressive, In These Times and other publications. She is the author of four books, including The Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis. She specializes in coverage of labor, energy and the environment. She has taught at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University and also works with youth from low-income communities through the program We the People Media. karilydersen dot com.