Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss - Chicago Visions and Revisions (Hardback)
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Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss - Chicago Visions and Revisions (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 29/11/2016
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In 1987, the city of Chicago hired a former radical college chaplain to clean up rampant corruption on the waterfront. R. J. Nelson thought he was used to the darker side of the law he had been followed by federal agents and wiretapped due to his antiwar stances in the sixties but nothing could prepare him for the wretched bog that constituted the world of a Harbor Boss. Director of Harbors and Marine Services was a position so mired in corruption that its previous four directors ended up in federal prison. Nelson inherited angry constituents, prying journalists, shell-shocked employees, and a tobacco-stained office still bearing a busted door that had been smashed in by the FBI. Undeterred, Nelson made it his personal mission to become a "pneumacrat," a public servant who, for the common good, always follows the spirit if not always the letter of the law.Dirty Waters is a wry, no-holds-barred memoir of Nelson's time controlling some of the city's most beautiful spots while facing some of its ugliest traditions. A guide like no other, Nelson takes us through Chicago's beloved "blue spaces" and deep into the city's political morass. He reveals the different moralities underlining three mayoral administrations, from Harold Washington to Richard M. Daley, and navigates us through the gritty mechanisms of the Chicago machine. He also deciphers the sometimes insular world of boaters and their fraught relationship with their land-based neighbors. Ultimately, Dirty Waters is a tale of morality, of what it takes to be a force for good in the world and what struggles come from trying to stay ethically afloat in a sea of corruption.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226334493
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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Dirty Waters is an insider s account of what has become known as the Chicago Way, the corruption at the very heart of the city s political machine. This book is an honest, fascinating, and often startling story of how politics, bribery, and just plain ineptitude often plagued the City that Works. --Dominic A. Pacyga, author of Slaughterhouse: Chicago's Union Stock Yard and the World It Made"
Dirty Waters is a revealing insider s tale of a Harold Washington era reformer battling for change. It tells the stories behind the headlines of the Last Harbor Boss of the Chicago Park District. It is written for those who want to know how government really works and how a former protestor, college chaplain, and college administrator opened up the green space and blue space of Chicago and made a cumbersome bureaucracy work for us. Students, scholars, and citizens will read it avidly and celebrate the often unsung heroes of reform. --Dick Simpson, professor of political science at University of Illinois at Chicago and former Chicago alderman"
"Dirty Waters is a revealing insider's tale of a Harold Washington-era reformer battling for change. It tells the stories behind the headlines of the 'Last Harbor Boss' of the Chicago Park District. It is written for those who want to know how government really works and how a former protestor, college chaplain, and college administrator opened up the green space and blue space of Chicago and made a cumbersome bureaucracy work for us. Students, scholars, and citizens will read it avidly and celebrate the often unsung heroes of reform."--Dick Simpson, professor of political science at University of Illinois at Chicago and former Chicago alderman
"Dirty Waters is an insider's account of what has become known as the 'Chicago Way, ' the corruption at the very heart of the city's political machine. This book is an honest, fascinating, and often startling story of how politics, bribery, and just plain ineptitude often plagued the 'City that Works.'"--Dominic A. Pacyga, author of Slaughterhouse: Chicago's Union Stock Yard and the World It Made

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