Shelves: non-fiction , history , chicagoillinois I got this book out of a stack from my mom. This hard hitting account of the reign of Mayor Richard J. Daley illuminated many things about the great city of Chicago. It put into perspective some of the things going on now, and made me look at our current mayor, Mayor Richard M. Daley, a little more skeptically.
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Young reporter[ edit ] Royko grew up in Chicago, living in an apartment above a bar. Air Force in The success of those columns earned him a daily column in , writing about all topics for the Daily News, an afternoon newspaper. His column appeared five days a week until , when he cut back to four days a week.
Royko commented that "No self-respecting fish would want to be wrapped in a Murdoch paper", and "[H]is goal is not quality journalism. His goal is vast power for Rupert Murdoch, political power". Daley , the father of Richard , William , and John P. Generally, the Slats Grobnik columns described two men discussing a current event in a Polish neighborhood bar. Kookie eponymous protagonist of Dr.
Through his columns, Royko helped make his favorite after-work bar, the Billy Goat Tavern , famous, and popularized the curse of the Billy Goat. He produced more than 7, columns in a four-decade career. By the s he turned to national themes, often taking a conservative perspective on issues such as gay rights.
Same neighborhood street. Same grammar school. It can happen. Always, always, say it now. Every spring he would devote a column to a "Cubs Quiz", posing obscure trivia questions about mediocre Cubs players from his youth, such as Heinz Becker and Dom Dallessandro. Just prior to the World Series he wrote about the findings of another fan, Ron Berler, who had discovered a spurious correlation called the " Ex-Cubs Factor ".
Berler and Royko predicted that the heavily favored Oakland Athletics , who had a "critical mass" of ex-Cubs players on their Series roster, would lose the championship to the Cincinnati Reds.
The book describes patronage and political strong-arm tactics in vivid detail and contains stinging depictions of precinct captains , aldermen , bureaucrats , judges, the Chicago Police Department , and of Daley himself. The final chapters cover the turbulent s, with social unrest surrounding the Civil Rights Movement , violent confrontations between protesters and authorities, and the notorious, rowdy Chicago Democratic convention in The book concludes in with a determined, unrepentant Mayor Daley still in office. Reception[ edit ] Public and critical reception of Boss was solidly favorable and the book spent 26 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list , from April 4 through September 26,
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Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko. 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 Bridgeport neighborhood to his rise as a powerful politician. Daley was born in and was the only child of Michael and Lillian Daley. Even after his very public life, he often had a hard time expressing himself. Daley was a shy, retiring child who was not a standout in academics nor in sports. However, even in his early years, some schoolmates saw leadership qualities and an elusive charisma that both proved to be crucial later in his career.