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Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison Hardcover – September 14, 2012
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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
"All those interested in the Blago drama or political intrigue in general can dive into this book with relish." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Top Customer Reviews
If you want the story behind the clown show that became Rod Blagojevich, read this book.
This is compelling reading. I had several encounters with Blagojevich both in Chicago and Springfield and he always struck me as a fun guy. He was but he was also an almost cartoonish sneak; a devious man to whom everything that he did was calculated to benefit him in the end. It's ugly. I sincerely hope that future leaders read this and learn from the mistakes Blagojevich made. I have no faith that will happen but this is a primer on how to screw up your life in dramatic fashion.
Blago was good for a laugh every time he appeared in the news, but I knew little about him. This book tells us everything we could possibly want to know: the not-very-bright con man who smiles and lies his way to power. And the best part - losing his Governor position and getting thrown in jail.
But reading this book, it occurred to me that Blago was not unique among politicians who came of age during the Clinton years. People who smile at you and tell you what you want to hear. In older times, such phonies couldn't get elected dog catcher, but after Clinton these smiling empty suits have won elections big and small. Why? Maybe we have become obsessed with
empty suits, whether they be Bieber, the Kardashians, or Blago.
he's got 13 years in prison to think about it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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
I have followed the Blagojevich investigation from the beginning to end, and I find the book accurate and it fills holes left by newspaper coverage. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by P. Rees
The authors were in the right place at the right time to watch Rod Blagojevich destroy himself and seriously damage the government of Illinois. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by NumbersGuy