Mackerels in the Moonlight: Four Corrupt American Mayors

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McFarland, 2004. aug. 17. - 284 oldal
Political corruption is easy to define--the use of public office for private gain--but it isn't so readily seen because politicians cover their tracks so well. Four of America's most corrupt mayors and their shady dealings are covered in this work. "Big Bill" Thompson, who was mayor of Chicago three times, is considered America's worst mayor, having, among other questionable activities, accepted support from gangster Al Capone. Frank Hague of Jersey City described his town as the "moralest city in the nation" and banished prostitution and pornography, but he saw no evil in gambling and Jersey City became a gambling mecca. Jimmy Walker of New York City was a "good time" mayor and did well as the city prospered, but cared little for the city's money and his own when the Great Depression struck. James Michael Curley of Boston openly asserted that "politics is my business," but he flaunted a lavish home built entirely at the public's expense and was elected again and again, once while he was still in jail.

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Leinwand, a retired university president and writer (1927: High Tide of the Twenties ), starkly sketches four iconic individuals deemed America's worst mayors (but not most ineffective) in a 1993 poll ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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Preface
1
From Home on the Range to Hat in the Ring
11
The Playboy as Politician
18
To Hell with the People
27
America First
43
PART II
67
Mayor of an American City
80
To Make His Daddy Happy
96
The Mayor and the Inquisitor
137
The Decline and Fall
161
The Making of a Political Boss
175
The Mayor of the Poor
188
Winning Isnt Everything Its the Only Thing
213
The Paradox of Political Corruption
241
Notes
253
Further Reading
263

PART III
107
Mayor of a City That Never Sleeps
123

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Gerald Leinwand, is President Emeritus of Western Oregon University. He is also the author of numerous other books and lives in New York.

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