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Unpacking Richard M.

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The first biographical account of Richard M. Daley's 22-year mayoral reign is on shelves, authored by Huffington Post political writer Keith Koeneman. Veteran Reader investigative reporter Micke Dumke takes the task of reviewing the "well-researched" but "revisionist" work, and delivers the verdict that Daley's two-faced approach to the city and his ruthless governance over neighborhood affairs is glossed over in many respects. Koeneman seems to unabashedly side with Daley in the complex fight over a "living wage", for instance, and offers that Daley was above the fray when it came to racial politics and the old patronage machine. And the city may have become more "global" during his tenure, but what does that matter to whole quarters of the city starved for good jobs? [The Reader]