Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image

Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image

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A brilliant chameleon of a politician, Thompson could move from pro- to anti-prohibition, from opposing the Chicago Teachers Federation to opposing a superintendent hostile to it, from being anti-Catholic to winning, in huge numbers, the Catholic vote.Shape-shifter extraordinaire, Thompson stayed in power by repeatedly altering his political image. In Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image, Douglas Bukowski captures the essence of this wily urban politico as no other biographer or historian has. Using materials accessible only thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Bukowski has fashioned an unforgettable story of a volatile Chicago leader and his era. And he does it with such grace and in such an irresistible style that readers will yearn to visit the local speakeasy and lift a glass to colorful politicians gone by.show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025202365X
  • 9780252023651

Table of contents

Cowboy to commodore -- Reform images -- The apparent war critic -- More image race, place, and politics -- New appeals, temporary retreat -- Reform comes town -- A machine without Democrats, a demagogue before Long -- Victors' history : Capone, Thompson, Depression -- Changing roles.show more

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See hardcopy from Rev Database also. "Bukowski's well-researched biography of Thompson seeks to remove him from the realm of folklore and to understand him as a real political actor." -- Alan Ware, Urban Historyshow more

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