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The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago's Democratic Machine
by Richard C Lindberg
foreword by John Miya
Southern Illinois University Press, 2017
Cloth: 978-0-8093-2893-2 | Paper: 978-0-8093-3583-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8654-3
Library of Congress Classification F548.45.M45L56 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.3041092

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The Gambler King of Clark Street tells the story of a larger-than-life figure who fused Chicago’s criminal underworld with the city’s political and commercial spheres to create an urban machine built on graft, bribery, and intimidation. Lindberg vividly paints the life of the Democratic kingmaker against the wider backdrop of nineteenth-century Chicago crime and politics.

McDonald has long been cited in the published work of city historians, members of academia, and the press as the principal architect of a unified criminal enterprise that reached into the corridors of power in Chicago, Cook County, the state of Illinois, and ultimately the Oval Office. The Gambler King of Clark Street is both a major addition to Chicago’s historical literature and a revealing biography of a powerful and troubled man.

Illinois State Historical Society Scholarly Award, Certificate of Excellence, 2009
Society of Midland Authors Biography Award, 2009

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