First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley

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University of Chicago Press
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6.4 X 9.1 X 1.7 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author
Keith Koeneman is a third-generation Chicagoan. He holds advanced degrees from Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University and writes on Chicago politics, history, and culture for the Huffington Post.
"Native son Koeneman colorfully and familiarly details the rise of the Daleys and their imprint on their hometown. . . . A highly focused history of a 20th-century metropolis and a compelling biography of the family that shaped it for nearly half a century."--Publishers Weekly
"A ripping political biography."--Booklist
"Koeneman captures the arc of Daley's reign perfectly--its early successes and later failures, its mix of volatility and insecurity, and the evolution of an insular Democratic-machine prince from Bridgeport into a powerful leader who learned to coexist with intellectuals, culture buffs, and titans of business to build a world-class city. . . . A must-read if you care about Chicago."--Andy Shaw, executive director, Better Government Association
"First Son recounts an important era of Chicago's history ruled over by one of its most powerful mayors. It is a nuanced picture of Mayor Richard M. Daley with all his contradictions and triumphs, failings and successes. Keith Koeneman concludes that 'history's judgment [will be] that Daley's achievements . . . outweighed his mistakes.' Whether one agrees or not, First Son should be read by all who care about the city, its history, and its politics."--Dick Simpson, author, professor, and former Chicago alderman
"Koeneman's First Son is a satisfying, engaging read for anyone who enjoys modern politics and has a heartstring or two for Chicago." --Kenneth D. Ackerman "Washington Independent Review of Books "
"A valuable book, admirably fair and balanced, and vastly informative about four colorful and highly eventful decades in the life of America's third-largest metropolis."--Washington Monthly
"First Son is a very high quality biography of an important historical figure whose story is an important part of Chicago and American history." --Jane Ammeson "Times of Northwest Indiana "
"Accessible and well researched, this well-written look at the Windy City's oft-loved, oft-controversial mayor is a compelling read." --Chicago Book Review