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American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Great Read

    As a native Chicagoan, I found myself entralled with this book. Highly recommend if you are into the 60's and politics and especially the alway dramatic Cook County politics. Not much is different today folks. After reading this you will quickly see that our current President is not the first time we made it to the White House...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    An Interesting Interpretation

    Even being a Republican from Chicago, I can appreciate the political force that Mayor Daley created. I think the book does a good job of detailing how Daley built the Machine, in a dry, yet informative, way. It may give those from outside Chicago a good perspective. I didn't appreciate, what I percieved to be, an underlying anti-Catholic sentiment by the authors. It was unnecessary, and shows Cohen and Tayor's lack of understanding about the city and people of Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    Exhaustive

    For any outsider looking for details about the modern history of Chicago, this book contains a mass of well organized facts presenting in a fine biographical narrative of the original Mayor Daley. However,and quite sadly, this book fails utterly to capture his greatness. He envisioned what the great city Chicago has become, and more than any other, he is responsible for its creation. Sure, he was quite out of step with the clarion liberal calls for equity, but the petty hatreds of the various frightened ethnic enclaves that once characterized the city was the reality from which he forged an empire. The title captures the misperception of the authors. I wonder what the return on investment is for a pyramid?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    an honorable failure

    This bio of Boss Daley is exhaustive in detail and meticulous in retelling the tale of Daley's tenure as 'emperor' of Chicago. After finishing the book, though, I realized that it had no real flesh. It lays out all fabric, but it fails to sew it into any comprehendable analysis of what this mayor means to us now. Short on analysis and lacking any sort of theme, I am saddened to give this one a thumbs down.

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