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Don't Make No Waves...Don't Back No Losers: An Insiders' Analysis of the Daley Machine Paperback – September 22, 1976

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (September 22, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253202027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253202024
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent analysis of Chicago politics and government under Richard J. Daley Sr. Describes the underpinnings of "machine" government from the perspective of classic political theory, emphasizing the strengths of its democratic process while acknowledging the negative impact on those who were disenfranchised under Daley's system (principally African-Americans and "reformers".) Best read with Mike Royko's "Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago," for two well-written and well-reasearched contrasting views. (Also check out Robert Caro's "The Power Broker," about New York's Robert Moses -- probably the best book available on machine-style politics).
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Loved this book. Best inside look at how the Daley machine really worked I've come across so far. It also explains how the machine related to county, state, and federal levels of government, which is rarely discussed in other books about machine politics..
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Political scientist Milton Rakove (1918-1983) from the University of Chicago offers insights into the long reign (1955-1976) of Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976) and the political organization (or machine) that Daley ruled but did not create. This book captures some of the cold-hearted, hard-muscled essence of Chicago ward politics. It also shows the winners and losers in that system, and gives a feel of why certain interests (blacks, reformers) felt left-out. This informative book's slightly stiff academic style may lead some readers to prefer journalistic examinations by Mike Royko (BOSS) and Len O'Connor (CLOUT, REQUIM).

This book was written in 1972 or 1973, when the still-powerful machine was early in its decline. At this writing the machine is far weaker and altered, yet still exists with some potency. Also, from 1979-1989 Chicago had a female and two Black mayors, and since 1989 Daley's son has reigned with support from many (but not all) reformers that once opposed his father.
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