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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Sep 04, Keith Koeneman rated it it was amazing. Thanks for the Memories, Mr. Also, the author begins to write about areas as if you also know where it is, which makes it hard to figure out where everything is taking place. This section contains words approx.

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He soon found his best qualities and began to work on them. Nixon’s White House Wars. Daley is not the first nor the last leader of the Machine, but his misdeeds ranged from looking the other way in the face of police brutality and racial discrimination to actively building up the patronage system, using muke expressways as a natural barrier between white and black neighborhoods, and bulldozing low-income housing to replace it with mid-to-high income housing.


December 23, ISBN: Jan 24, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko.

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The Boss controlled the Machine with a selfish fervor. Perhaps it will stand as the best book ever written about the American condition at this time. Public and critical reception of Boss was solidly favorable and the book spent 26 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller listfrom April 4 through September 26, He was the third Bridgeport mayor in a row, Royko points out, and when he finally arrived at a level of real power as Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee – after two decades of working his way up the ranks; this was no Alexander the Great or Barack Obama – his accomplishment was that “he finally had his own machine.

You see him gain confidence and maintain composure during tough times. As 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.

It examines royo elaborate patronage system, in which he helped keep tight control over neighborhoods, and more importantly, votes. To ask other readers questions about Bossplease sign up. Daley, a little more skeptically.

An easy read, Royko doesn’t spare you the details and tells it not only like it is, but how Mayor Daley wants you to see it; the disconnect is simultaneously hilarious and rlyko horrifying. By Michael Miner Mike Royko is a nationally syndicated columnist working for the Chicago Tribune. Obviously the Machine was and is, in its current form today racist, corrupt, and brutal, and for those outside of its embrace it was a force for state neglect and violence.


The bigots and the conservatives die out and their sons and daughters push us onwards towards progress.

There is no eoyko example of “The Machine” at work, with it’s endless patronage, Ward bosses, bureaucratic shuffling, and endless strategy than the reign of Chicago’s Richard J. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: To Heaven and Back: Highly recommended for those interested in Chicago.

Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago

He certainly didn’t pander to anyone, i. That first job was only the beginning of his forty eight year tenure. Overall rating No ratings yet 0.

Stay in Touch Sign up. This devastating account of the first Daley regime works as a kind of history of Chicago from the fifties through the sixties.

Which, as it turns out, was actually a pretty prescient prediction.

He never criticizes Daley outright, but each page drips with resigned disgust.