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  • Fire on the Prairie: Harold Washington, Chicago Politics, and the Roots of the Obama Presidency

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gary Rivlin
    • Narrated By George Orlando
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In 1983 Chicago elected Harold Washington as the city's first black mayor. This is the story of Washington's improbable victory over Jane Byrne, heir to the late Richard J. Daley's political empire, and over Daley's eldest son. It's the story of a coalition outside the party's mainstream coming to power and ruling in the country's most political of cities. In Fire on the Prairie, Gary Rivlin reveals the personalities and philosophies of those who were at the center of events, from black separatists such as Lu Palmer to community organizers such as Jesse Jackson....

    Nick says: "Good material, terrible narrator"
    "Good material, terrible narrator"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fire on the Prairie to be better than the print version?

    Not a bit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose Harold Washington. It's non-fiction, and doesn't really have "characters".


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's inability to pronounce English words correctly, and to accent syllables the way that a human being should, is so distracting that it makes it hard to absorb the (excellent) information.


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