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American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley (6 term Chicago Mayor)

American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation
by Adam Cohen (Author) , Elizabeth Taylor (Author)
Kindle $8.89 ~ Hardcover $35.20 ~ Paperback $13.15
First (of 50) customer reviews: Absorbing study of the last omnipotent urban Democratic boss, August 22, 2000
By Richard E. Hegner

Review ~ American Pharaoh Masterful piece of investigative journalism and a captivating political biography... Almost like Finley Peter Dunne's MISTER DOOLEY--which it often quotes, this volume takes you inside the Chicago Democratic machine and shows just how omnipotent the organization was during Daley's tenure at the helm, ... occasional touch of humor and irony. As its subtitle promises, the book also places Daley and his machine in the context of national (and Illinois) politics, where they had such enormous influence...

... Portrait of Daley shows his enormous personal complexity - a devout Catholic and loyal family man... engaged in the most bare-fisted power politics or work to capitalize on the basest human instincts... accomplishments includde preservation of Downtown Chicago as a going concern when so many other rust belt cities in the Midwest and Great Lakes area were going under (e.g., Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh). Enormous price... tensions in Chicago.

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