Tarr, Joel A. A Study in Boss Politics: William Lorimer of Chicago
Urbana, IL University of Illinois Press 1971 0252001397 / 9780252001390 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket
xi + 376 pp, Black cloth with gold lettering, index, bibliography, a number of tables and charts, 16 pp. of b/w photos. Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped, a little edge wear, a little foxing to top and leading edges, top corner of front end paper (1/3") torn off. Jacket shows a little edge wear, some rubbing and soiling. A nice copy.
"Government was meant to be exploited, to advance the individual and aid the machine. The machine offered its followers material success without insisting upon middle-class morality. It accepted the immigrant as he was, asking only that in return for aid he surrender his vote. William Lorimer (1861 - 1934) carefully built such a machine from the precinct level upward, extended his alliances throughout Chicago, and established himself as a force with which three Republican presidents had to reckon. For nearly two decades in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries he was one of the most powerful and controversial figures in Illinois politics."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall