Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
The University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 24th, 2013 Cloth $30.00
“In this ripping political biography, Koeneman portrays the mayor who held office for 22 years and transformed Chicago from a gray working town into a gleaming global city… a work of valuable living political history.”—Booklist
“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
After twenty-two years in office, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that he would not seek re-election when his term expired the following year. With this news, the longest-serving and most powerful mayor in the history of Chicago—and, arguably, America—stepped down, leaving behind a city that was utterly transformed, and a complicated legacy we are only beginning to evaluate.
Making deft use of unprecedented access to key players in the Daley administration, as well as Chicago’s business and cultural leaders, Koeneman draws on more than one hundred interviews to tell an up-close, insider story of political triumph and personal evolution. A nuanced portrait of a complex man, First Son shows Daley to be sensitive yet tough, impatient yet persistent, a street-smart fighter and detail-driven policy expert who not only ran Chicago, but was Chicago.
About the author
Keith Koeneman is a third generation Chicagoan who holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. He writes on Chicago politics, history, and culture for the Huffington Post. He is available for interviews.
About University of Chicago Press
Founded in 1891, the University of Chicago Press (http://www.press.uchicago.edu) is the largest American university press. The Press publishes approximately 250 books and 50 journals a year in both electronic and print format and is a leading publisher of Chicago history and general interest books about the region. This distinctive list includes The Encyclopedia of Chicago, Neil Steinberg's You Were Never in Chicago, and Carl Smith’s The Plan of Chicago—a One Book, One Chicago selection.