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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Publishers Weekly called Boss a “classic” that gives “a detailed and, for some, eye-opening account of Daley’s rise to absolute control of the Chicago Democratic political machine”, adding that it “provides sardonic and sometimes hilarious reading”. He gave tirelessly of his time, talent, knowledge, and advice, whether running sound at a gig or recording a young band.

Furthermore, the politi I honestly cannot think of a book more incisive, damning, heartbreaking, and socially important than this book. This book’s a lively introduction to 20th century Illinois politics, a topic I’m devoting most of the next year to. The rest ofthe book lacks the subtlety and finesse of the first few chapters; it turns into a long listing of reasons why Daley is the American answer to Stalin.

We’ll publish them on our site once royyko reviewed them. Daley was born in and lived in a Roman Catholic home. You can remove the unavailable item mjke now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Boss as book? As a lifelong Chicagoan and a more recent fan of his work, that’s something I can get behind. Daley, politician and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious youth on Chicago’s South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of the Democratic Party machine.

By Leor Galil A Nation of Wusses. Royko’s writing style wears a bit thin at times he was a columnist for the Sun-Times, and most of the book is written in that sort of punchy, jump-to-conclusions, one-sentence-paragraph style but overall this is an excellent and accessible introduction to some of the ugly political legacies and relationships that continue to define Chicago’s governance.


I read this book maybe 20 years ago while I was still living in Chicago, when Royko was still alive, when Daley Sr. The Making of bosd President This book was fantastic.

This mkke helped me reach two conclusions about our culture and life in general: Miami and the Siege of Chicago. The tongue in cheek style, the biting sarcasm, with which this is written made for laugh out loud moments, and I couldn’t resist reading certain paragraphs to my husband.

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Chicago history fascinates me, but much of this history disgusted me. Quite a depressing thought really.

Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko

Books like this certainly make me feel a bit agnostic about it sometimes. The final chapters cover the turbulent s, with social unrest surrounding the Civil Rights Movementviolent confrontations between protesters and jike, and the notorious, rowdy Chicago Democratic convention in Daley, in his own fumbling manner, tackled the race riots, depopulation, and crumbling infrastructure that Rust Belt cities faced in the Post-War era.

Admittedly, the only reason I gave it 4 stars is that it is not more complete, which it doesn’t attempt, because the reader is presumably not interested in the minutia of, say, the massive highway projects or the Lake Shore Drive high-rise construction that happened during his tenure as mayor.

Browse all BookRags Study Guides. To the southwest were Bohemia and Lithuania. Read more from the Study Guide. It is a superbly knowing voice and it therefore rings true, so much so that citations would be mere clutter. We have one here, where I live now: If you don’t understand politics clearly, it will be hard to follow what is going on from time to time. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.


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Perhaps not, but Daley was the perfect match for Chicago. I do concede that Mike Royko is a journalist, not a historian and that further research is probably needed to gain a more complete picture of Rouko but it is clear to see that Daley’s legacy is that of a maliciously inept mayor whose two decades in office have led to many of the problems Chicago sees today. Then we recruited a crack team of writers, editors, booksellers, and scholars as well as a few Reader staffers to judge each bout.

From Front Porch to Back Seat: Feb 03, Jake rated it really liked it. Daley reveals an undeniable parallel between the man and the city. The Royko of Boss is no historian; he is bss witness, interpreter, cohort, and conscience. If advocacy groups came in to ask for something, his inclination to give it to them depended entirely on how much fealty he perceived was being shown to him.

I only saw Richard J. Jan 24, Nick Black rated it it was amazing Shelves: Daley seemed to be so ‘successful’ because his only object was power on its own. Daley was a fascinating figure to watch in his work, The men who run big cities are fascinating creatures. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

Daley of Chicago is still a fascinating book. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. And it is brisk and lively reading bosss the bargain. I dare say Chicago’s political reality has changed very little, if at all.

Still, very much worth reading if you’ve ever wondered what everyone’s talking about when they talk about the democratic convention Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: