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Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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"Doolittle chronicles the investigations into Ford's misconducts with admirable journalistic rigor and fairmindedness." - Zoomer Magazine
"Dramatic . . . compelling." - Toronto Life
""Crazy Town" is a fascinating read, offering an analysis of how someone like Ford could get elected and retain public favour. It's also an apologia for how journalists today do their work . . . an extremely useful read." - The Waterloo Region Record
"For anyone interested in finding out why Rob Ford is the way he is. . . . A wealth of information." - Toronto Life
"The first in-depth examination of Toronto's controversial mayor. . . Doolittle writes from both a critical and sympathetic standpoint . . . detailed and engaging. [. . .] It's a solid volume of work." - The Washington Times
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While it's disconcerting just how many people are aware of the news story - at least superficially - it's more troubling that they are associating our entire country with the Mayor of Toronto's troubles.
I bought the book in an attempt to understand how it was possible he was elected in the first place and why on earth he still seems to have such wide support.
I couldn't put the book down, it was a fascinating look at a politician's ability to keep addiction and criminal activity hidden for so long.
The author seems to bend over backwards to show compassion for Ford, and I'm frankly not sure why. But after reading it (all in one setting - much to my husbands irritation!) it left me feeling saddened that rich, spoiled boys with the right family connections can achieve so much in Canada.
So much for earning your position through hard work, integrity, honour and diligence - ideals we work hard to instill in our children. It's a lesson in how bullying and privilege are a free pass in our society, regardless of merit.
I highly recommend the book though - it's well-written, thoughtful, insightful and an excellent, fast-paced read.
No matter what your thoughts are about this situation - it's certainly worth a read.
Just an editorial comment - I bought the hard cover version and intended to buy the eBook as well. Perhaps someone can explain why it is $9.99 USD on amazon.com, but $14.99 CAD on amazon.ca. At current exchange rates, an equivalent price would be $11.10. Here's a Canadian authored book, about the largest Canadian city. I'm fortunate to have the option to buy from the US site, but the unfair pricing practices concern me.
I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 only because it starts out a little dry. The first few chapters contain detailed facts about Ford's tumultuous history. You can tell the author is a newspaper reporter, because you almost feel like you are reading one news report after another.
However, when you get further into the book, you appreciate her writing style. If she had been overly emotional one way or another, it would give credence to conspiracy claims. Besides she doesn't need to say much beyond the facts. The book is very aptly named.
This was eye-opening with regard to the extremely high standards and hard work that goes into proper journalism. I had no idea.
The one piece that seemed to be missing is a deeper look at Ford's wife and her family. Not that she deserves to have her life trotted out in front of the world more than it already is, but it might've helped explain some of the pathology.
Being from the States, it seems that a lot of this would have come out much sooner had it been Chicago or DC, with our paparazzi culture and liberal public information laws.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little short on revelations (Like: oldest brother Randy is also a dope fiend- I didn't know that) but reminded me of several things I'd forgotten (Like: oldest sister Kathy... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Never Youmind
I really didnt know anything about Rob Ford other than what I had seen on the news until I read the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book doesn't include the bumbaclot incident or Mr. Ford's cancer, or his brother's election loss. Read morePublished 4 months ago by smichal
As a Toronto resident who lives their city and read, listened, observed in horror the sideshow that Rob Ford exhibited, I often felt hostage to how much presence he dominated in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by livingintoronto
Rob Ford is portrayed as a very real person with great political ideas for Toronto and with disastrous failings. He promoted the building of a better public transportation system. Read morePublished 15 months ago by connie
I only read this because someone in my book group selected it. I have already deleted it from my Kindle. Let's hope we never hear of the Fords again after the election.Published 16 months ago by vrhead
It is misleading to call this "The Rob Ford" story. This reporter has no connections to the Ford family and this book is filled with hastily put together and often... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Knitty Witty
I enjoyed the book. Most of the information was previously in the press, but great review of how it all unfolded.Published 16 months ago by JoAnne