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The maverick and the machine : Governor Dan Walker tells his story

Author: Daniel Walker; Peggy Lang
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A reformer who was always provocative and controversial, Dan Walker became a political maverick, winning two tough elections to become governor of Illinois. This work tells the story of Walker's rise  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walker, Daniel, 1922-
Maverick and the machine.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608170585
Named Person: Daniel Walker; Daniel Walker
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Walker; Peggy Lang
ISBN: 9780809327560 0809327562
OCLC Number: 72698522
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Winner of San Diego Book Awards (Memoir) 2007
Winner of San Diego Book Awards (Memoir) 2008
Description: xii, 338 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: A tough father, a loving wife, and a growing family --
The war, law school, and the U.S. Supreme Court --
My introduction to machine politics --
The underbelly of machine politics --
My political baptism --
Becoming an independent democrat --
Becoming controversial in Chicago --
Marching with Rev. King and taking on the mob --
Reporting on urban riots and dealing with Daley --
The Walker report --
Launching the campaign for governor --
The long walk --
The good people of Southern Illinois --
Blister pains balanced by personal pleasures --
Stories of the walk --
The end of the 1,197-mile walk --
Shaking a million hands --
Election night --
Victory despite Nixon's republican landslide --
The new, tough executive orders --
Fighting with Daley's legislators --
A prison riot and midterm election victories --
Losing in the 1976 primary --
A dramatically new and different life --
The sad trail to jail --
Suicidal thoughts --
More travail and finally peace.
Responsibility: Dan Walker ; edited by Peggy Lang.
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I've known other Illinois governors during the past fifty years, and none of them has written anything as self-revealing as The Maverick and the Machine. Former governor Walker bares his soul, Read more...

 
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