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Milton L Rakove

Born: 1918 in Buhl, Minnesota
Died: 1983 in Chicago, Illinois

Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Milton L Rakove on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Don't make no waves--don't back no losers :
ISBN: 0253117259 OCLC: 1366068

Indiana University Press, Bloomington : [1975]

Don't make no waves-don't back no losers :
ISBN: 0253202027 OCLC: 232964618

Midland Books, [Place of publication not identified] : 1975.

We don't want nobody nobody sent :
ISBN: 0253179157 OCLC: 5171884

Indiana University Press, Bloomington : ©1979.