Don't Make No Waves-Don't Back No Losers

An Insider's Analysis of the Daley Machine

by Milton L. Rakove

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Rakove's study of Chicago politics focuses on how the Daley machine pervaded the lives of everyday Chicagoans. Rakove brings street-wise insight and a scholar's theoretical lens to the book, blending anecdotes with political science.

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Unlike the many academics who focus on corruption, Rakove admired the Chicago Democratic organization. Simon points out: "The beauty of the ward system was that you had somebody who lived in your neighborhood whom you could go to and say something as modest as, 'Look, I really need my trash picked up,' which is not modest, if it begins to pile up."

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