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The Mayors
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 Originally released in 1987, The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition gathered some of the finest minds in political thought to provide shrewd analysis of Chicago’s mayors and their administrations. Twenty-five years later, this fourth edition continues to illuminate the careers of some of Chicago’s most respected, forceful, and even notorious mayors, leaders whose lives were often as vibrant and eclectic as the city they served. In addition to chapters on the individual mayors—including a new chapter on Rahm Emanuel, enhanced by an expert explanation of the current state of the city’s budget by Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation—this new edition offers an insightful overview of the Chicago mayoral tradition throughout the city’s history; rankings of the mayors evaluated on their leadership and political qualities; an appendix of Chicago’s mayors and their years of service; and additional updated materials.

Chicago’s mayoral history is one of corruption and reform, scandal and ambition. This well-researched volume, more relevant than ever twenty-five years after its first edition, presents an intriguing and informative glimpse into the fascinating lives and legacies of Chicago’s most influential leaders.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Plates
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface to the Fourth Edition
  2. pp. xi-13
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Joseph Medill: Chicago's First Modern Mayor
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 2. Carter H. Harrison II: The Politics of Balance
  2. pp. 16-32
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  1. 3. Edward F. Dunne: The Limits of Municpal Reform
  2. pp. 33-49
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  1. 4. Fred A. Busse: A Silent Mayor in Turbulent Times
  2. pp. 50-60
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  1. 5. Big Bill Thompson: The "Model" Politician
  2. pp. 61-81
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  1. 6. William E. Dever: A Chicago Political Fable
  2. pp. 82-98
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  1. 7. Anton J. Cermak: The Man and His Machine
  2. pp. 99-110
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  1. Gallery of Images
  2. pp. G1-G18
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  1. 8. Edward J. Kelly: New Deal Machine Builder
  2. pp. 111-125
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  1. 9. Martin H. Kennelly: The Mugwump and the Machine
  2. pp. 126-143
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  1. 10. Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Politics of Good Government
  2. pp. 144-159
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  1. 11. Michael A. Bilandic: The Last of the Machine Regulars
  2. pp. 160-167
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  1. 12. Jane M. Byrne: To Think the Unthinkable and Do the Undoable
  2. pp. 168-178
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  1. 13. Harold Washington: The Enigma of the Black Plitical Tradition
  2. pp. 179-197
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  1. 14. Putting Harold to Rest
  2. pp. 198-202
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  1. 15. The Sawyer Saga: A Journalist, Who Just Happened to be the Mayor's Press Secretary, Speaks
  2. pp. 203-221
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  1. 16. Richard M. Daley and the Politics of Addition
  2. pp. 222-237
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  1. 17. Rahm Emanuel: Beginning a New Mayoral Era in Chicago
  2. pp. 238-262
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  1. 18. Ranking Chicago's Mayors: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Greatest of Them All?--An Updated Poll
  2. pp. 263-273
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  1. 19. The Chicago Political Tradition: A Mayoral Retrospective
  2. pp. 274-278
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  1. Appendix: Chicago Mayors
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 283-318
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 319-355
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-333
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 369-369
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