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First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley

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"Mayor Richard M. Daley dropped the bomb at a routine news conference at City Hall on Tuesday. With no prelude or fanfare, Mr. Daley announced that he would not seek re-election when his term expires next year. 'Simply put, it's time, ' he said." "New York Times, September 7, 2010"

With those four words, an era ended. After twenty-two years, the longest-serving and most pow
Unknown Binding, 412 pages
Published April 24th 2013 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2013)
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Renee Harrison
I think this was a beautifully written biography of the mayor. While not completely unbiased I think the author did a good job highlighting the mayor's successes and missteps. As a resident of Chicago I can say that Richard M. Daley really transformed the city into a global city. Richard Daley was the only mayor I had ever known and the city feels differently without him and his wife. I really enjoyed reading about his life and passion for the city of Chicago
Horribly written but interesting biography of the second Chicago mayor named Richard Daley who transformed the appearance but not the workings of the Windy City.
I enjoyed reading this biography of Daley. Since I live in Chicago, I found it "right on." On a personal level, I know many of the individuals who played a role in his administration and were part of his decision making process.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Daley and Chicago history. The chapter on Millenium Park was great.
Dan Trubman
Definitely from the neo-liberal perspective. Didn't ignore the corruption issues, but minimized their impact in relations the what the author considered the successes.
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Keith Koeneman writes about Chicago history, politics, and culture. His book on the recently retired mayor of Chicago, First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring of 2013. He also teaches and speaks as an expert on Chicago mayoral politics on television and radio. He holds advanced degrees from Harvard, University of Chicago and Nort ...more
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