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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Milton L Rakove  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1918 in Buhl, Minnesota

Died: 1983 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Dr. Rakove taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1957 until 1983.

Biographical and Professional Information

Milton L. Rakove had been working as a political consultant and speechwriter for several Illinois politicians, including Senator Charles Percy and Governor Otto Kerner, throughout the 1960s. In 1968, Rakove was introduced to Chicago city politics when he served as the Democratic precinct captain in the 49th ward. His work impressed members of the city's Democratic machine, who convinced Rakove to run for the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1970, an election that he lost. His experience in these elections turned his interest toward local government. Drawing on the contacts he had made as a precinct captain, Rakove published his first book on local politics, titled Don't Make No Waves, Don't Back No Losers. Four years later, following the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley and the restructuring of the Democratic machine, Rakove published an oral history of Daley's government titled We Don't Want Nobody Nobody Sent.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Don't Make No Waves...Don't Back No Losers: An Insiders' Analysis of the Daley Machine
ISBN: 0253202027

Indiana University Press. 1976

Tis is simply the best book that has been written about politics in Chicago. In the words of Andrew M. Greeley, "It is a very astute and dispassionate analysis of Chicago political lifeā€•far and away the best I have ever seen. Rakove is without illusions about either the right or the left." Rakove brings to his study an intimate knowledge of Chicago and the Daley machine, a practitioner's understanding of street-level politics, and a scholar's background in political theory. Blending anecdote with theory and description in a lively style, Rakove has bridged the gap between scholar and layman in a work that will appeal to both.

We Don't Want Nobody Nobody Sent: An Oral History of the Daley Years
ISBN: 0253179157

Indiana University Press. 1979

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