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Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison

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No one did political corruption quite like Rod Blagojevich. The 40th governor of Illinois made international headlines in 2008 when he was roused from his bed and arrested by the FBI at his Chicago home. He was accused of running the state government as a criminal racket and, most shockingly, caught on tape trying to barter away President-elect Barack Obama’s US Senate ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published September 14th 2012 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 25, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
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Reading this book was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Rod Blagojevich was such an idiot. It's surprising that he went to law school, yet he doesn't know that failure to know whether something is legal is not a defense to a crime. He doesn't understand what is and is not ethical. But the part that takes him from harmless idiot to revolting is that he ran for all these public offices without any interest whatsoever in actually governing or legislating. He was in it for the money and ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Rachy rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this sucker down, well, at least until the trial bit. Whatever you think of Rod Blagojevich, he definitely led a colorful life. You can't make this stuff up, which is actually quite sad for Chicago and the State of Illinois. We're still dealing with his mess and the consequences of a corrupt political culture. Not much has changed. Anyway, back to Rod. Even in his youth, he was always striving to stand out or one up people, so it should surprise no one that he turned to a life of ...more
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Aug 01, 2013 Mary Robinson rated it really liked it
The story of our disgraced Illinois Governor told by two sharp Chicago Tribute reporters. It was good to see the bits and pieces I knew sewn altogether. It was very hard to have it so clearly confirmed that Blagovich did almost nothing (in the way of work) but try to better his personal situation through wheeling and dealing. Painful.
Feb 20, 2014 Magnus added it
In depth account of an ambitious guy that got in over his head and contributed to the litany of corrupt Illinois governor's. He just kept talking all while the feds were listening and he was supposed to be a reformer!!!!
Will Hunter
It's Bleepin' Golden. Actually a tragedy for the State of Illinois. Shows the reality of sin and depravity and how anyone can become that corrupt. A man with so much promise who blew it. Excellent bio of the governor's life and how it one can get so greedy.
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Rich W: One of the best books I’ve read lately. It is a fascinating account of political corruption thoroughly researched and expertly written.
Jan 17, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
technically, I didn't read the entire book - only the first 270 pages and the epilogue. Overwhelming amount of detail.
David Barclay
Jan 28, 2013 David Barclay rated it really liked it
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This book was a very colorful painting of the life and times of Rod. Was a great read. Couldn't put it down!
Renee Harrison
Nov 02, 2012 Renee Harrison rated it liked it
Well written and researched. As a resident of Illinois it was a bit disturbing to read but overall a good book and some very good details behind the headlines.
Dec 19, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
Very good book about what shaped Rod Blagojevich and the mistakes he made along the way, all while trying to sell Obama's vacated Senate seat. Surprisingly good read
Sep 20, 2013 Abby rated it liked it
great story for someone from IL...the trial part was slower to read and was better following in real time. learned a lot I didn't know about Blago before
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Jeff Coen is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, covering federal trials and investigations from the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago. He was present in the courtroom throughout the Family Secrets trial, and his pieces on the case were featured in a popular series in the Chicago Tribune."
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