- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Amika Press (January 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097084168X
- ISBN-13: 978-0970841681
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,137,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Campaign!: The 1983 Election that Rocked Chicago Paperback – January 5, 2012
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About the Author
A native of Buffalo, NY, Peter Nolan arrived in Chicago near the end of the turbulent 1960’s. He worked in television news as a writer, reporter and commentator and won three Emmys and several journalism awards. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Glenview and has six children and fifteen grandchildren.
Publishers Weekly Select Review: “This veteran newsman's account of the tumultuous mayoral race that upended city politics and made Harold Washington the first African-American to lead the city of Chicago offers a bit of political history, some rough character sketches, and snippets of professional memoir. Nolan paints a deft portrait of the political vacuum that ensued after iconic mayor Richard J. Daley's death in 1976 and the players that jockeyed to fill his shoes. As a political reporter, he's well-informed about the way things worked in Chicago, but his periodic departures into what seems to be nostalgia for an outdated model of governance prove distracting. At the same time, the dispassionate recounting of brutal race politics and their inflammatory effect on the 1983 election offers a solid, workmanlike piece of journalistic history. Nolan's dedication to recounting the perspective and political records of bit players, though, means he commits the journalistic sin of burying the lede, noting only in passing that a federal investigation into voter fraud threw Washington's 48,000-vote margin of victory into question.” —July 2012, one of 45 self-published books selected for review this quarter
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Top customer reviews
Aldermen, mini-mayors, ward heelers, committeemen, "walking around money", getting out the vote, in a town where being a Republican is akin to being a vegetarian working in a butcher shop.
With Washington's stunning victory in the primary, Bernie Epton, the Republican candidate for mayor (at best an after thought in most elections) is suddenly catapulted into prominence and an even chance to win. Here was a campaign that drew the attention of the nation. Epton, a long-time social liberal, World War II veteran, and beta noire of state politics, is branded a racist for his questionable campaign slogan, "Epton, before it's too late."
Nolan does a good job of capturing the city itself, a warren of neighborhoods, each with an ethnic flavor. There are still areas of the city where the Irish live, or where the Italians live, or where the Ukrainians live, or where the Poles, Armenians, Greeks, etc. are the predominant ethnic group. Tribal politics, tribal views.
if you're a political junkie, or a current or past Chicagoan who can remember Mayor Michael Bilandic being defeated by the snow and Jane Bryne, then here's your book. A quick, entertaining read.
'80s. Campaign! reads like a novel, but it is the real world in living color.
Most recent customer reviews
Hope he writes other books.