The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World

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The author of this book presents himself as a kinder, gentler Rahm Emanuel. Yes, the man who once terrorized power brokers through his use of epithets, has very little, if any, strong language in this book. The author was once known as “Rahmbo” for his toughness, but he now wants to be known as the patron saint of education in the city of Chicago. Emanuel was Mayor of that city for eight years after an impressive career in D.C. Rahm Emanuel does not need a publicist—he is more than capable of touting his accomplishments. That being said, he has written an interesting, readable and topical book.

The thesis of the book is that because of partisanship and infighting, we have no more national will to do what is necessary. This leaves a void that is filled by imaginative and resourceful mayors of the U.S. and international cities. Although Emanuel cites many examples, the major star of innovation and resourcefulness is himself. Regardless that half of Chicagoans held him in disfavor, Emanuel believes he brought Chicago into a new era of fiscal strength and innovation. If it is indeed the case that the nation’s cities are acting locally to install good government, this is a welcome and positive book. An index would be a helpful addition to this book so that readers could look up their favorite mayor.


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Author Rahm Emanuel
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 237 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2020-02-25
ISBN 9780525656388
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Issue June 2020
Category Current Events & Politics
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