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Name:  F. Richard Ciccone  

Pen Name: None


Born: N/A

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Biographical and Professional Information

F. Richard Ciccone worked for the Associated Press bureau in Chicago, 1961-1975 and the Chicago Tribune 1975-2001. He is now an adjunct professor of journalism University of Notre Dame.

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Who Runs Chicago?
ISBN: 031287023X

St. Martin's Press. 1979

Dust jacket notes: "As the late Mayor Daley used to boast, Chicago is 'the city that works.' It never worked as well as he pretended but works better than anyother big city in the U.S., perhaps because if all the people who run it were to gather in one room (and they'd fit) they would all know each other (and they'd all be talking about this book. The only books that seem to get written about Chicago are about Daley, gangsters, or historical oddities like the 1871 Chicago Fire. WHO RUNS CHICAGO? goes far beyond that - into the boardrooms and back rooms, the slums and lakefront highrises, the exclusive clubs and the Chicago Bears locker room. Even under some bushes at the Saddle & Cycle Club where the previous Prince of Wales took a Chicago lady some fifty years ago. The most penetrating and expansive view of any city is through its leading citizens, which is why each chapter includes a lsit of the most important people in each respective field. (Taken into consideration in the rankings are also ability and prestige - and false impressions of the above.) Chapters include: The Dems - who actually runs the city The Repubs - a discussion of the leading Republicans, if any can be found The Gangs - a listing of Chicago's top street gangs and their leaders, including the one who ran for City Council Society - an inside look at the guest lists, linen closets, and civic activities of the powerful ladies who make up le tout Chicago The Clubs - the most prestigious institutions, who belongs, and who doesn't and much much more. Who's who in the media, big business, and the Mob, and where they work (a look at downtown Chicago), play (what to look for on the fine arts and sports scenes), and sleep (the most comprehensive listing ever of Chicago's top twenty suburbs.)

Daley: Power and Presidential Politics
ISBN: 0809231514

Contemporary Books. 1996

The only current biography of Richard J. Daley, an exploration of the life and career of one of the most powerful politicians of the twentieth century offers not only a riveting account of one man's life but a portrait of a fascinating era in American politics.

Chicago and the American Century: The 100 Most Significant Chicagoans of the Twentieth Century
ISBN: 0809226758

Contemporary Books. 1999

Tells the stories of the 100 Chicagoans who had the greatest impact on America in the 20th century. The microbiographies cover the most influential individuals in crime, sports, politics, business, media, law, performing arts, literature and architecture plus an additional handful of singularly successful people who defied categorization but whose contributions to contemporary life are no less profound, thus providing an account of the personal triumph and indomitable tenacity of people who aimed for greatness and surpassed their goals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Royko: A Life in Print
ISBN: 158648172X

PublicAffairs. 2003

With the incisive pen of a newspaperman and the compassionate soul of a poet, Mike Royko was a Chicago institution who became, in Jimmy Breslin's words, "the best journalist of his time." Royko was by all accounts a difficult man, who would chew out his assistants every morning and retire to the Billy Goat Tavern every night. But his writing was magic. No one captured Chicago like Mike Royko. No one wrote with his honesty, his toughness, his passion, and his humor.

In this, the first comprehensive biography of one of the most important Chicagoans of the century, Dick Ciccone, a long-time colleague and editor of Royko's at the Chicago Tribune, captures Royko at his best and at his worst. We see Royko on his tenth drink of the afternoon. We see him sweating over columns minutes before deadline. We see him romancing his wife and torturing his legmen. We see him barbequeing ribs and riffing on politicians. Mike Royko was a man of the people. With his keen sense of justice and his murderous pen, he became the most widely read columnist in Chicago history. His column was syndicated in more than 600 newspapers across the country.

With 7500 columns spanning four decades, Royko's writing reflects a radically changing America. Royko not only tells the story of one of America's greatest newspapermen, but also explores the dramatic changes in journalism over the course of the twentieth century.



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