Fire on the Prairie

Fire on the Prairie : Harold Washington, Chicago Politics, and the Roots of the Obama Presidency

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A revised edition of the classic story of race and power, set in Chicago during the 1980s, when this most political of cities elected its first black mayor
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Philadelphia PA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • 1439904928
  • 9781439904923
  • 2,818,023

Table of contents

Foreword to the Revised Edition by Clarence Page

Introduction to the Revised Edition by Larry Bennett - Forging Barack Obama: Harold Washington, Chicago, and the Politics of Race


BOOK I A Racial Thing, 1983

1 A Cry in the Wind
2 The Conspirators
3 The Chosen
4 The Catalyst
5 The Jesse Jackson Factor
6 The Family Business
7 The Liberal Apology
8 A Tower of Babble
9 A Racial Thing
10 Positively Antebellum
11 A City Divided

BOOK II Council Wars, 1983-1986

12 The Biggest Bully in the Bar
13 Balancing Acts
14 Beirut on the Lake
15 Black Reform, White Reform
16 The Chicago Experiment
17 A Midterm Blunder
18 The Continuing Saga of Clarence McClain

BOOK III Something Less Than Hate, 1986-1987

19 The Reckoning
20 Any White Will Do
21 Thy Kingdom at Hand
22 The Empire Strikes Back

Note on Sources
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Praise for the First Edition: "Colorfully, intimately, Fire on the Prairie shames and instructs as it entertains ...a civic conversation about race and power." The Washington Post Book World
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About Gary Rivlin

Gary Rivlin is the author of five books, including Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business, and a former staff reporter for the New York Times, where his beats included Silicon Valley and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, and Fortune, among other publications, and also the Chicago Reader, where he worked as a staff writer during the Harold Washington years.
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