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First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley Hardcover – March 28, 2013
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In this ripping political biography, Koeneman portrays the mayor who held office for 22 years and transformed Chicago from a gray working town into a gleaming global city. The story of the second Mayor Daley begins with the first, and Koeneman reveals exactly how the father ushered his oldest son into politics while keeping him on a tight leash. Young Rich, awkward and arrogant, also faced resentment from his peers. But as hostile as his critics are––and Koeneman, who conducted more than 100 interviews, quotes some stinging remarks––there is no denying that Daley underwent a “dramatic personal evolution” or that he cares deeply about people. As Koeneman charts the political calculations intrinsic to Daley’s rise and rule and takes a close look at his inner circle, with its ties to Barack Obama, he contrasts the epic viciousness and corruption of Chicago politics and the mayor’s own failings with Daley’s tenacity, empathy, “humanistic impulse,” and accomplishments. This brisk (though repetitive) portrait of a complex, colorful, and powerful American is a work of valuable living political history. --Donna Seaman
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First-ever biography of Richard M. Daley: Keith Koeneman writes thoroughly researched review of an important career. - TimeOut Chicago
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My only complaints are that he sometimes spends too much time on other people, especially Rich Daley's father growing up. The first few chapters are almost like a biography of Rich Daley's father, made even more confusing since the author frequently refers to the senior Dick Daley as merely "Daley" like he does with the subject of the book. Secondly, the author breezes through Daley's early professional career as State's Attorney. There is almost literally just a few paragraphs on this multi-year period of the mayor's life, which arguably is very important in forming his management style, his reputation, and and temperament before becoming mayor.
My favorite parts of the book are when Mr. Koeneman gives "snaphots" of what is going on around the city at a particular moment, especially the moment Rich Daley first becomes mayor. The next few paragraphs show what the state and vibe of various neighborhoods are on that day, sometimes with their problems Daley will have to face, and foreshadowing successes and mistakes he will make.
As said earlier, this not a dirt-digging biography. It is the factual presentation of Chicago politics, the growth of Chicago as a World Class City, and the racial changes that our entire nation is currently experiencing. A very good read.
By the way, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.