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Big Bill of Chicago
by Lloyd Wendt, Herman Kogan and Bette Jore
foreword by Rick Kogan
Northwestern University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-8101-2319-9
Library of Congress Classification F548.5.T48W46 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.3042092

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Winner of 2006 Illinois State Historical Society Book Award-Certificate of Excellence

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.

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