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Grafters and Goo Goos: Corruption and Reform in Chicago Paperback – July 21, 2008

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Grafters and Goo Goos captures the ebb and flow of the patented form of chicanery and outlandishness that has tarred the city of Chicago as arguably the most corrupt place on earth. This richly woven tapestry of anecdotal material is supported by colorful quotes, insightful observations, and a world-weary sense that Chicago is whatever it is, and will always be. Merriner is a wonderful writer whose seamless prose moves the story along.”—Richard Lindberg, Chicago historian and author of To Serve and Collect: Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal, 1855–1960

“James L. Merriner, biographer of Dan Rostenkowski and veteran observer of the Chicago political scene, is superbly qualified to write this sweeping history of corruption and reform in the Windy City. Bits and pieces of this fascinating story are already well known, but Merriner’s achievement is to provide a detailed chronological narrative in one well-written volume.”—Roger Biles, author of Richard J. Daley: Politics, Race, and the Governing of Chicago

About the Author

James L. Merriner covered Chicago and national politics for more than two decades as political editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Atlanta Constitution. He is the author of Mr. Chairman: Power in Dan Rostenkowski’s America and The City Club of Chicago: A Centennial History, 1903–2003 and the coauthor of Against Long Odds: Citizens Who Challenge Congressional Incumbents. He was a James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University and teaches at Marietta College.


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