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Big Bill of Chicago

Lloyd Wendt (author) Herman Kogan (author)
Rick Kogan (introduction)

ISBN: 9780810123199

Publication Date: May 2006

Format: Paperback

This history traces the rise of William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson, Chicago's famous reform mayor, from his upper class roots to his years as a teenaged cowboy, from his fame as a star athlete to the years as a master politician in a world where the ward boss ruled and whiskey for the voters cost a quarter a shot.
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To some he was a humanitarian and builder. Others scorned him as a fake and friend of gangsters with "the carcass of a rhinoceros and the brain of a baboon." This rollicking history traces the rise of William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson, Chicago's famous reform mayor, from his upper class roots to his years as a teenaged cowboy, from his fame as a star athlete to the years as a master politician in a world where the ward boss ruled and whiskey for the voters cost a quarter a shot. Big Bill of Chicago profiles the whole brawling arena of city politics from the turn of the century to the Prohibition Era. It is a primer in the way American politics worked-and works-and a map along the countless winding ways even the dirtiest deal can lead to something great.
Illustrations Illustrations, ports.
Pages 370
Date Published 30 May 2006
Publisher Northwestern University Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Biography & True Stories   20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000  

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