Yourself in Rokyo s Chicago it would be well worth your time to once again read the slim volume Chicago is a much changed once again read the slim volume Chicago is a much changed since Boss was written but Rokyo s words still carry insights into our city and politics Royko s writing style wears "a bit thin at times he was a columnist for the Sun Times and most of the book is " bit thin at times he was a columnist for the Sun Times and most of the book is in that sort of punchy jump to conclusions one sentence paragraph style but overall this is an xcellent and accessible introduction to some of the ugly political legacies and relationships that continue to to some of the ugly political legacies and relationships that continue to Chicago s governance The book also provided me with some provocative uestions about the relationships between political power organized labor and The Last Time We Saw Marion euity Obviously the Machine was and is in its current form today racist corrupt and brutal and for those outside of itsmbrace it was a force for state neglect and violence But it was also the only way for white working class folks to make it to the top of the political power structure and Daley poured so much into the Machine that upheld that structure in part because without it a guy like himself would never have become mayor Instead he said political power would be consolidated in the hands of the hated lite who could finance their own campaigns and work their connections with the other super rich Which as it turns out was actually a pretty prescient prediction Nearly fifty years since Mike Royko published this scathing methodical documentary of the rise and rule of Chicago s Machine and its iron fisted monarch Richard J Daley the book reads like a cautionary tale at the six month anniversary of Donald J Trump s reign in the White House Daley born of working class Irish immigrants who scaped the potato famine grew up uiet and hard working Historia de arrabal eschewed alcohol married another devout catholic and remained faithful to her until This devastating account of the first Daley regime works as a kind of history of Chicago from the fifties through the sixties I say that because Daley had a desire to have absolute control when possible and domineering influence when the previous proved difficult Its not hard to see why Daley wanted the book banned and his wife was going around vandalizing copies in book stores This is a truly damning book ifver there was one But at the heart of all the vitriol being piled on by Royko is his the reminder of the fact that people kept on Prisoner (The Contractors, electing this authoritarian virulently racist man term after term no matter what scandals appeared no matter how many young black men were being murdered by cops innocent skulls bashed in houses razed for insider developmenttc Georgette Heyers Regency World etctc You can level some of the blame on the machine s get out the vote patronage schemes or Daley having all the media outlets in his back pocket the Tribune sucked back then too or people s I got this book out of a stack from my mom It was only after I started reading it and was led to do some outside research that I discovered it s a classic of city journal. 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 uniue brand of public relations and the widesprea. Fine fine book a testament to the shit hole racsism and crooked cops and political machine of daley s chicago facts no one brings up lester maddox and bull conner were both at the 68 chicago convention This book hit me like a ton of bricks My xtended family hails from Canaryville and Bridgeport and while "I M ALL TOO AWARE OF THE RACISM AND " m all too aware of the racism and to change that persists in those neighborhoods I have never read something that spelled out the distinct brand of prejudice that can be found there so louently It all makes so much sense now And Daley s Chicago makes so much sense now Royko paints a scathing portrait of Daley through his characteristic wit The man comes across as a true My Brothers Keeper egomaniac and based on Daley s response to civil rights liberals and the free press you really wonder if Trump counts Daley as one of his role models It s also crazy to hearchoes of Daley and his crew in things that are happening in Chicago this very minute Police Academy new Sterling Bay development and uh the mayoral La decisión de Stinger election to name a few There are no footnotes in this book and it often shows But it never claims to be a comprehensive history Royko had an agenda and a perspective and in myyes he nailed itPS I strongly recommend pairing this book with The Nix for a pretty astonishing view of the 1968 Democratic National Convention Mike Royko was one of Chicago s treasures Even when I lived on the West Coast and had never been to Chicago in the arly 70s I would go to DeLauer s Super Newsstand in Oakland and buy at least one Chicago Tribune per week just to read Royko And for years I had been meaning to read his highly critical biography of the first Daley of Chicago s prominent political machine at the time of this writing a THIRD Daley has thrown his political machine at the time of this writing a THIRD Daley has thrown his into the ring to run for Chicago mayor BOSS Richard J Daley of Chicago is both a stimulating and a depressing book It is stimulating because of its insights and little gems of history but it s depressing because of its tell all nature Royko takes us on a hypothetical limousine ride with Daley toward the nd of his reign where one sees What are the strengths and weaknesses of Boss as book On the positive side Royko knows how to write a beautiful sentence He also knows Chicago and captures Daley and the city at a key juncture in American urban history Moreover Rokyo is an honest writer which gives his words an Dirty Desire (Dread and Terrible, emotional power a resonance that lingers somewhere deep in the reader On the flip side Rokyo may have been too close to his subject too deeply andmotionally ngaged to place Daley in a broader historical perspective He sometimes fails to pull back his lens and give the reader a wide angle shot of the man s talents and the challenges he faced as mayor of a large city during a very difficult time in historyBut the bottom line is that Boss is a classic one of the great books of American literature If you have never read it I recommend it to you If years have passed since you immersed. The best book ver written about an American city by the best journalist of his time Jimmy BreslinNew dition of the classic story of the late Richard J Daley politician and self promoter xtraordinaire from his inauspicious youth on Chicago's South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of.
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