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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2000
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?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2010
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