Books: Mayorissimo

HIMSELF! THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MAYOR RICHARD J. DALEY by Eugene Kennedy Viking; 288 pages; $10.95

As America's urban malaise deepened in the late '60s, a revisionist theory about the governance of American cities took shape. It dictated that machine politics is a better system than the progressivism preached by editorial writers, professors and other muzzy do-gooders. Proponents would offer Chicago as ruled by Richard Daley—"the city that works" —as exhibit A.

Certainly Chicago has withstood the termite trends better than New York, the ancient source of its inferiority complex. and such closer...

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