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Richard Lindberg Gains Prestigious Award

Chicago Daily Observer 11 May 2010 4 Comments

Our friend and colleague, author and historian Richard C. Lindberg has just been recognized for his recent book, The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago’s Democratic Machine. The Society of Midland Authors selected the book for its Best Biography award.

In addition, the Illinois State Historical Society presented Lindberg with an Certificate of Excellence presented its 2010 Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 24, at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield

Three Cheers for Chicago Daily Observer columnist Richard Lindberg!


  • Dan Kelley said:

    “The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of the Democratic Machine” is required reading for any serious student of the corrupt system of government that rules Chicago.

    While there had been bribes passed before McDonald’s ascendancy, Mike McDonald was the man who developed a systemic approach to corrupting members of the police department and the municipal government on a regular basis and actively recruited and nominated his own slate of candidates to feed at the political trough and to do his bidding in return. For better or worse, McDonald is the father of the modern Cook County Democratic Organization.

  • Terry Przybylski said:

    Congratulations, Richard. By the way, I still have a copy of “Stuck on the Sox,” believe it or not, which I purchased in 1978 through The Sporting News (along with “Stuck on the Cubs” by Rick Schwab). I’d be glad if you could autograph it someday!

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Well done, Richard! A gentleman to the backbone, Richard Lindberg is an exacting scholar and beautiful writer.

    When all the NPR myna birds run out of breath and give their ears a chance, they would do well to bend the spine of this wonderful book and actually learn something about this city, its history and the people who actually live here.

  • cbfffe said:

    Very interesting site.

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