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Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation [Kindle Edition]

Natasha Korecki
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Book Description

"As the circus of the Blagojevich saga unfolded, Natasha Korecki was right at the center.... It was a seriocomedy suited to her enterprise and imagination, and she’s the one to write the book." —Roger Ebert

"Natasha Korecki's chronicle of the Blagojevich saga was a cutting-edge lesson in how to blend old-fashioned reporting with new media." —Richard Roeper

Chicago, Illinois, and America at large were captivated by the arrest, trial, and general public embarrassment of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Only in Chicago is derived from the best of award-winning Chicago Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki's work on the Blagojevich scandal, weaving together years of reporting and never-before published details into one straightforward, fast-paced narrative. From the infamous audiotapes to Blagojevich's strange public relations campaign, this is one of the most bizarre true political tales ever told.

Beyond the slew of backroom dealmakers who were sucked into the Blagojevich imbroglio, President Barack Obama himself--while never accused of any wrongdoing--was also interviewed by federal prosecutors. Now-mayor Rahm Emanuel's discussions with Blagojevich are included as well. The political figure who became most entangled with the scandal, however, was Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is accused of offering Blagojevich $6 million for Obama's vacated Senate seat through an intermediary.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1071 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Digital (September 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097FYGIQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,264 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, insightful read September 26, 2012
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When Illinois finally recognizes it has enough political corruption cases to create a museum-sized political Hall of Shame, Korecki's book will provide the story behind the Blagojevich exhibit. Well-researched, the book is clearly and concisely written. The book shows, with just the right amount of detail, how trying to cash in on the U.S. Senate seat appointment was only one in a series of public trust abuses by the Governor and those around him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blago sure lies alot. September 14, 2012
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I enjoyed this book. I followed both the Blago Trials and this
book did an nice job of explaining what happened, and why. Blagos'
entire personality seems to revolve around constantly lying, to everyone
about everything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only in Chicago November 29, 2012
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I thought the author did a very extensive amount of investigation to tell a disturbing tale.About a super arrogant politician with a entitlement mentality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read February 17, 2014
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I lived in the Chicago during this period and this book was very interesting to me. It is a story that literally could only happen in Chicago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 10, 2014
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natasha korecki is the best political analyst in Chicago. Incredibly valuable in a one party system
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to read September 17, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It filled in some gaps in the coverage at that time and gave a good timeline of events. Any political junkie has to be fascinated with Illinois politics and this book is a must read for anyone who wants a good understanding of the fall of Rod Blagojevich.
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