Richard J. Daley of Chicago

by Mike Royko


Paperback, 216 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $15 | purchase


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Book Summary

In probing the career of Chicago's mayor the author illuminates the workings of the political machine which runs the city

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Any discussion of Chicago politics has to start with Richard J. Daley, who served as mayor and Democratic Party boss of Chicago for two decades, from the mid-1950s to the mid-'70s. He spearheaded a powerful political machine that was often accused of corruption.

Simon says Royko's book shows how well-oiled the Daley machine was and how reliably it served Chicagoans. "It underscores the fact that when politics is effective, it delivers services to people," Simon explains.


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