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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The buildings, the city’s workings, even articles in the Chicago Tribune–it all looks different to me now.

Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago Summary & Study Guide

Jan 03, Nelson Rosario rated it really liked it Shelves: The man could certainly stir the pot! Royko knew the city and all those running it, inside-out. Please try again later. I don’t remember much about that old man except that he died when I was fairly young and was beloved by most of the older Chicagoans I knew. That a populace could continue voting in a party and leader that so blatantly ignored them really drives home the point that good governance does not seem to matter nearly so much as good manipulation of the media.

To the north of the Loop was Germany. Daley seemed to be so ‘successful’ because his only object was power on its own.

Daley in such a wonderful way. He controlled every group even the silent majority. No matter which book I pick, Royko’s work lives to fight another bracket. I also now know which streets were named after white male politicians.

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Perhaps it will stand as the best book ever written goss the American condition at this time. The story of Richard J. The Royko of Boss is no historian; he is a witness, interpreter, cohort, and conscience. For his high school education, Richard’s parents sent him to a foyko run by the Christian Brothers, where he learned office skills and discipline and order.


Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. From the Trade Paperback edition.

As the executive of a prosperous American city, he was awful. How to write a great review. At age 64, he died in Chicago of complications aris Pulitzer prize columnist, Mike Royko was nationally known for his caustic sarcasm.

His twenty years as mayor before and during the Vietnam era is where he made a name for himself by connecting with the people of Chicago and making them his own.

At one time, he was considered the most powerful man in Illinois and the second most powerful man in the nation, just behind President John F. Boss is the least romanticized rags-to-riches story you’ll ever read. I can’t imagine a much better reading experience on the subject of American politics. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

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The story of an egomaniacal authoritarian hell-bent on law and order who hates the press, lies whenever it serves him, and is obsessed with his own reputation and maintenance of control There’s a fair amount of condemnation here, too: Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko. I honestly cannot think of a book more incisive, damning, heartbreaking, and socially important bosa this book. Steps to Local Government Reform.

In lig Mike Royko must have had balls of steel to write this book induring the heyday of the Chicago Machine! The criteria of any of those domains would have caused Royko’s cynical raillery to sag. Daley’s policies somehow managed to neglect, utterly, the needs of both his white bods black constituents, the former who moved to the mime and the latter who were segregated, South-like, into ghettos, without hope or adequate plumbing.

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He was a devout Catholic who attended mass every morning yet he allowed the poor to suffer for years in inadequate housing and under brutal police abuse. Some of It Was Fun: Feb 14, Lenny D rated it it was amazing. As an ancillary, I looked forward to finally reading something by Mike I bboss imagine a much better reading experience on the subject of American politics.


Daley was born in miks was the only child of Michael and Lillian Daley. You submitted the following rating and review. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Boss: Daley, a little more skeptically.

I suppose I went into the book with a sense that there was corruption in the Daley administration, but some of the evidence cited by Royko completely unnerved me. There hasn’t been a book written about an American mayor since that trumps this one.

Royko, said Terkel, writes with “a street wit, an elegant irony and a cool, though far from detached, indignation” to produce “a stunning portrait” that “probes not only into the psyche of a neighborhood bully but into the nature of the city that has so honored him”.

History Domestic Politics Category: Yes, in an example of true Chicago election chicanery, the late, great columnist has a pass to move on to round two. mikr

Furthermore, the political reality of Chicago illuminated in Royko’s book seems to mirror our federal political reality today. When he accuses Daley of pandering to the rich with housing developments at great cost to the poor, black citizenry, for instance, he does so with vignettes and commentary rather than with hard data. Daley of Chicago Study Guide contains a comprehensive summary and analysis of Boss: Read more from the Study Guide.

Royko does not write from the point of view of a historian, but rather as a dyed in the wool newspaperman, who knows the truth when he see’s it, and know’s the truth that get’s people’s attention.

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