Boss Daley

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Black and white photograph of a man's head with red text underneath on a white background.

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This button was used to advertise a 1971 book about Richard J. Daley, who at the time was mayor of Chicago. The book, authored by Mike Royko, was called Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago, an unauthorized autobiography that detailed the mayor's early life and criticized some of his practices while in office. The book's title was inspired by Daley's nickname, “Boss Daley”, which grew in popularity as he remained as mayor for a longer and longer period, eventually holding the position for 21 years. Boss was a hit with readers and is Royko's most famous book, which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 26 consecutive weeks.

Mike Royko. (n.d.). Retrieved October 8, 2015 from:

Richard J. Daley. (n.d.). Retrieved October 8, 2015 from:

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