Mayor Richard M. Daley: An Appraisal

May 8, 2013


Keith Koeneman writes about Chicago history, politics and culture.  His recently released book on the retired mayor of Chicago, "First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley," was built on unprecedented access to the key players in the long-running Daley administration. The book tells the story of a complicated leader—sensitive and tough, impatient and persistent—who as mayor not only ran but also embodied Chicago.

In First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley, Koeneman chronicles the complex and often contradictory life of an American political legend.  Through more than 100 interviews, he tells an up-close, insider story of political triumph and personal evolution, highlighting Daley’s achievements and mistakes.
Koeneman also demonstrates how Daley’s influence expanded beyond his beloved city, especially after protégés Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, as well as his confidant and brother Bill Daley, became major players under President Obama.



Recorded live Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Elmhurst College.