Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor's Office and Into Prison

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Chicago Review Press
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6.3 X 1.6 X 9.3 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jeff Coen and John Chase each have spent more than a decade on the staff of the Chicago Tribune. Coen was a beat reporter at the city's criminal courts building and its federal courthouse and now works with the paper's political team. Chase covered Blagojevich from the start of his first campaign for governor and helped push the Tribune's investigations of his questionable fund-raising practices and oddball political style. Jeff Coen is the author of Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob.


"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
"[A] definitive account of one of America's most morally reprehensible political-corruption sagas." --Kirkus Reviews
"All those interested in the Blago drama or political intrigue in general can dive into this book with relish." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[The authors]offer a nuanced context of political corruption overlaid with Blagojevich's extraordinarily flamboyant personality, from the profanity to the hair obsession and outsized ego." -- Booklist
"Golden tells the story of Blagojevich's downfall with admirable detail, although it can be a slog at times." -- Illinois Issues magazine