The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition taps America's most qualified observers to scrupulously assess the city's mayors within the vigorous and tumultuous history of Chicago government. This revised and updated edition features extensive commentary on the enduring mayoral influence of Richard M. Daley. ""In the seventeen years since The Mayors was first published,"" editors Paul M. Green and Melvin G. Holli write in the Preface to this edition, ""Chicago politics has become more genteel, more docile, and more predictable. This dampening of the city's once red-hot political coals is due to domination by one man: Mayor Richard M. Daley."" Also providing a political roadmap through the complex and fascinating labyrinth of Chicago politics are essays on other recent mayors: Richard J. Daley, Michael A. Bilandic, Jane M. Byrne, and Harold Washington. Green and Holli's popular study maintains that the key to the mayor's office is power: the power to reward and the power to punish that comes with occupying the fifth floor of city hall in Chicago. Beginning with Joseph Medill, the Tribune publisher who guided the city in its rise from the ashes after the Great Fire of 1871, The Mayors takes readers through the terms of some of the city's most colorful leaders: from the progressive Carter Harrison II and the radical Edward F. Dunne to the politically reticent Fred A. Busse and the loudmouth Big Bill Thompson.
Paul M. Green is the Arthur Rubloff Professor and the director of policy studies at Roosevelt University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books about Chicago and Illinois politics. Melvin G. Holli, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of numerous books, including The American Mayor: The Best and the Worst Big-City Leaders and The Wizard of Washington: Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling.