The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition, fourth edition / Edition 4

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 Originally released in 1987, The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition gathered some of the finest minds in political thought to provide shrewd analysis of Chicago’s mayors and their administrations. Twenty-five years later, this fourth edition continues to illuminate the careers of some of Chicago’s most respected, forceful, and even notorious mayors, leaders whose lives were often as vibrant and eclectic as the city they served. In addition to chapters on the individual mayors—including a new chapter on Rahm Emanuel, enhanced by an expert explanation of the current state of the city’s budget by Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation—this new edition offers an insightful overview of the Chicago mayoral tradition throughout the city’s history; rankings of the mayors evaluated on their leadership and political qualities; an appendix of Chicago’s mayors and their years of service; and additional updated materials.

Chicago’s mayoral history is one of corruption and reform, scandal and ambition. This well-researched volume, more relevant than ever twenty-five years after its first edition, presents an intriguing and informative glimpse into the fascinating lives and legacies of Chicago’s most influential leaders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809331987
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2013
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,493,283
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul M. Green is the Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies, Chairman of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Director of the Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books about Chicago and Illinois politics.

Melvin G. Holli, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of numerous books, including The Amercan Mayor: The Best and Worst Big-City Leaders and The Wizard of Washington: Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates ix

Preface to the Fourth Edition xi

Preface to the First Edition xiii

1 Joseph Medill: Chicago's First Modern Mayor David L. Protess 1

2 Carter H. Harrison H: The Politics of Balance Edward R. Kantowicz 16

3 Edward F. Dunne: The Limits of Municipal Reform John D. Buenker 33

4 Fred A. Busse: A Silent Mayor in Turbulent Times Maureen A. Flanagan 50

5 Big Bill Thompson: The "Model" Politician Douglas Bukowski 61

6 William E. Dever: A Chicago Political Fable John R. Schmidt 82

7 Anton J. Cermak: The Man and His Machine Paul M. Green 99

8 Edward J. Kelly: New Deal Machine Builder Roger Biles 111

9 Martin H. Kennelly: The Mugwump and the Machine Arnold R. Hirsch 126

10 Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Politics of Good Government Paul M. Green 144

11 Michael A. Bilandic: The Last of the Machine Regulars Paul M. Green 160

12 Jane M. Byrne: To Think the Unthinkable and Do the Undoable Melvin G. Holli 168

13 Harold Washington: The Enigma of the Black Political Tradition William F. Grimshaw 179

14 Putting Harold to Rest Laura S. Washington 198

15 The Sawyer Saga: A Journalist, Who Just Happened to Be the Mayor's Press Secretary, Speaks Monroe Anderson 203

16 Richard M. Daley and the Politics of Addition Paul M. Green 222

17 Rahm Emanuel: Beginning a New Mayoral Era in Chicago Paul M. Green 238

Urbs in Debitum Laurence Msall 238

18 Ranking Chicago's Mayors: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who Is the Greatest of Them All?-An Updated Poll Melvin G. Holli 263

19 The Chicago Political Tradition: A Mayoral Retrospective Paul M. Green 274

Appendix: Chicago Mayors 281

Notes 283

Contributors 319

Index 321

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