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"Through indefatigable reporting and deft writing, [Chase and Coen] take us into a fascinating, Byzantine world of Chicago politics and power that largely goes unseen." —David Mendell, author of Obama: From Promise to Power
"This is a lively, intimate primer on the bad and the ugly of Chicago and Illinois politics that reads like a novel by reporter-authors who were there from Blagojevich's promising beginning to humiliating end." —Jim Nowlan, senior fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs
"Golden is the definitive book on former governor Rod Blagojevich. The saga of his life and two trials provide a road map to the highest levels of corruption in Illinois. This cautionary tale leaves us with the task of ending the corrupt political culture that made his crooked wheeling and dealing possible." —Dick Simpson, University of Illinois political science professor and former Chicago alderman
I followed this case very closely, being someone who works in Illinois politics. It was a great inside view of some things that the media didn't cover.Published on August 20, 2013 by Abby W
I would not consider Blagojevich a tragic figure. It is a sad commentary that such a selfish and shallow person should be able to achieve the political status he did. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Joseph F Grimes
It was ok, not great. Exhaustive detail seemed repetitive in parts, particularly the trial details. This is a weird dude, worth the read.Published on May 16, 2013 by Desert Man
This is a fairly comprehensive examination of the rise and fall of Milorad Blagojevich, better known as Rod R. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Borowy26
This book reveals the shocking manner in which some politicians do the people's business. The Chicago Mob is not dead, they have just gone into politics! Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by P. A. Curry