Mackerels in the Moonlight

Mackerels in the Moonlight

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Political corruption is easy to define--the use of public office for private gain--but it isn't so readily seen because politicians cover their tracks so well. Four of America's most corrupt mayors and their shady dealings are covered in this work. qBig Billq Thompson, who was mayor of Chicago three times, is considered America's worst mayor, having, among other questionable activities, accepted support from gangster Al Capone. Frank Hague of Jersey City described his town as the qmoralest city in the nationq and banished prostitution and pornography, but he saw no evil in gambling and Jersey City became a gambling mecca. Jimmy Walker of New York City was a qgood timeq mayor and did well as the city prospered, but cared little for the city's money and his own when the Great Depression struck. James Michael Curley of Boston openly asserted that qpolitics is my business, q but he flaunted a lavish home built entirely at the public's expense and was elected again and again, once while he was still in jail.To the Boston Irish, however, the civil service examination system was just another obstacle put in place by the Yankee ... aquot;the peace and dignity of the United States of Americaaquot; and were sentenced to sixty days in the Suffolk County Prison, anbsp;...

Title:Mackerels in the Moonlight
Author: Gerald Leinwand
Publisher:McFarland - 2004-08-17

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