- Hardcover: 427 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (1956)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000K1Z7X4
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The bigger the man is in public life, the bigger the praise or the blame--and we have to remember that Frank Skeffington was quite a big man.
What Edwin O'Connor discerned was that the modern, clean-cut, college-educated, television-age, politicians would be equally corrupt, but would be little men. Like news anchormen, they would look well-polished and nicely groomed, but they would be empty suits. Marketed like household products, they would be chosen specifically because they were so colorless, so unlikely to put off the voter/consumer. And so we are left with the worst of both worlds : the politicians are still power hungry crooks, but now they have no entertainment value to redeem them.
Skeffington's ultimate legacy is bookended between two other sentiments expressed after his death. Nathaniel Gardiner, the old line WASP who sparred with but respected the Mayor, thinks to himself : "If only he had not been such a rogue..." but then realizes that had he been less a rogue, he would have been less of a figure.Read more ›
What makes this book particularly precious is the, still accurate, portrayal of the hatred between the Irish and the Old Yankees in Boston. Skeffington, an Irishman, has adroitly played the political game for years. This book tells of how the Irish came to power in Boston. More important it tells how at the end, politics became less about speaking clearly and shaking hands firmly and more about money and television.
To me, Skeffington is the king of the political characters. He has humor and sensitivity. Would that there were anyone left with the entertaining humor he brought to the world of politics.
A most entertaining read.
Skeffington is one of the most interesting, amicable characters I have ever encountered in any book of any genre. Quick-witted, funny, and heroic, he is the epitome of the old-fashioned politician. O'Connor's work truly makes me yearn for the past - when, although far from perfect, politicians had something they will NEVER have again: charisma.
O'Connor's foreshadowing of what local (as well as state and national) politics would become has proven amazingly correct - know-it-all, made-for-TV blank slates that are as charismatic as the processed, artificial backgrounds they are manufactured from.
A great work of fiction, biography, history, and the American experience. A masterpiece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great tale of "old style politics" and Irish community life that brought back loving memories from my childhood.
The last hurrah by Edwin O'Connor
Newspaper worker watching the polls and attending meetings that the politicians are speaking at as they run for mayor. Read more
Before there was social security and labor laws there was Frank Skeffington. Modeled after the governor who was elected to office from prison...Published 14 months ago by dan k.
I first heard of The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor when I read the book by Chris Matthews Tip and Gipper book. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Dr. Wilson Trivino
One of the great books of old style politics that we will never see again. I have read this book over and over and it never disappoints. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by William Benson
I READ THIS BOOK ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO AND LOVED IT!! IT IS PROBABLY THE ONLY BOOK I HAVE REREAD AND I CHERISH THE EXPERIECE.Published on June 14, 2013 by JANE
The heart of Frank Skeffington, a prototype of Mayor Daily of Chicago, or further back the inner drive that made Tammey Hall the circle of power a hundred years ago. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Timothy K. Fitzgerald
The last contract that James Micheal Curley signed at 2357 before his term as Mayor of Boston ended at midnight has dissapeared from East Boston in a upgrade of Logan International... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Babu 1531