Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago

Finalist, National Book Awards 1972 for Contemporary Affairs

Boss Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko, book cover
ISBN 9780452261679
Plume Books | New American Library

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The classic story of the late Richard J. Daley, politician and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious youth on Chicago’s South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of the Democratic Party machine. A bare-all account of Daley’s cardinal sins as well as his milestone achievements, this scathing work by Chicago journalist Mike Royko brings to life the most powerful political figure of his time: his laissez-faire policy toward corruption, his unique brand of public relations, and the widespread influence that earned him the epithet of king maker. The politician, the machine, the city Royko reveals all with witty insight and unwavering honesty, in this incredible portrait of the last of the backroom Caesars.