The Art of Backscratching in Chicago: Driving with Ed McElroy

The Art of Backscratching in Chicago: Driving with Ed McElroy

by Neil Steinberg
     
 
“Ed McElroy, clear of eye, sound of mind, and eighty-three years of age . . . guides his black Cadillac down Halsted Street.” So begins longtime Chicago journalist Neil Steinberg’s nuanced homage to Ed McElroy: an old-school, behind-the-scenes backscratcher who has driven the rich, powerful, and well-connected around the city, doing favors and

Overview

“Ed McElroy, clear of eye, sound of mind, and eighty-three years of age . . . guides his black Cadillac down Halsted Street.” So begins longtime Chicago journalist Neil Steinberg’s nuanced homage to Ed McElroy: an old-school, behind-the-scenes backscratcher who has driven the rich, powerful, and well-connected around the city, doing favors and calling them in, for decades. Helping a young Steinberg understand the city, McElroy and his take on how a Mayor’s son gets to be Mayor and how a wily up-and-comer marries the daughter of a powerful alderman and later becomes governor would enthrall even the most seasoned Chicagoan. In this drive around town and through time, Steinberg ultimately serves up audacious and funny anecdotes about how it helps to stay connected, to know a guy, and to help people out when you can.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226146911
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/13/2013
Series:
Chicago Shorts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
204,172
File size:
250 KB

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