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This volume is a memoir of the administration of the first black mayor of Chicago. The contributors were recruited from among those appointed by Mayor Washington to implement his programs and those who became part of the new politics. The authors were intimately involved in Chicago's transition from the machine politics of Richard Daley to the neighborhood-oriented Washington administration. The essays are rich in detail and convey strong impressions of the political atmosphere of the time. They deal with issues of economic development and citizen involvement. This volume will be of interest to community activists and government officials, as well as to scholars in urban-related fields and the informed lay reader.-- William Waugh Jr., Georgia State Univ., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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An edited volume that contains chapters written by several persons in Chicago's community development movement and inside the city administration during Harold Washington's tenure as mayor. The book was intended as a "set of memoirs whose purpose would help record and define" the political experiences of the contributors. The opening chapter by editors Chavel and Wiewel provides a concise overview of the transformation of Chicago city politics from 1970 to the present. Contributed chapters explore a wide range of topics including community development, empowerment of minorities, progressive government, open governance, and neighborhood politics. This is an instructive book on city politics, although one whose contributors are closely linked to the policies and administration of the late mayor Harold Washington. Undergraduate and community college students and general readers.-S. Percy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee