A Christmas gift from my good friends, Spencer and Templarthis book is the story of the late Richard J. Daley written in 1971 by another mainstay of Chicago journalism, Mike Royko. It is described as: a bare-all account of Daley’s cardinal sins as well as his milestone achievements … Royko brings to life the most powerful political figure of his time: his laissez-faire policy toward corruption, his unique brand of public relations, and the widespread influence that earned [Daley] the epithet of “kingmaker.”

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