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Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison
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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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
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
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.
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."More about Jeff Coen...