Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story Hardcover – 27 Feb 2014
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"If you liked "All the President's Men" by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, you'll love "Crazy Town" by Robyn Doolittle." - The Next Chapter, CBC Radio
"Doolittle chronicles the investigations into Ford's misconducts with admirable journalistic rigor and fairmindedness." - Zoomer Magazine
"Dramatic . . . compelling." - Toronto Life
""Crazy Town" is a fascinating read, offering an analysis of how someone like Ford could get elected and retain public favour. It's also an apologia for how journalists today do their work . . . an extremely useful read." - The Waterloo Region Record
"For anyone interested in finding out why Rob Ford is the way he is. . . . A wealth of information." - Toronto Life
"The first in-depth examination of Toronto's controversial mayor. . . Doolittle writes from both a critical and sympathetic standpoint . . . detailed and engaging. [. . .] It's a solid volume of work." - The Washington Times
About the Author
Robyn Doolittle is a city hall reporter with the Toronto Star. She began her career covering crime and moved to the municipal politics beat during the 2010 mayoral elections. A graduate of Ryerson University's journalism school, Doolittle has lived in Toronto since 2002.
Top Customer Reviews
Definitely worth reading if you've ever wondered how a functioning alcoholic and self-confessed crack smoker can continue to run a city government (and could even be re-elected in 2014!).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
While it's disconcerting just how many people are aware of the news story - at least superficially - it's more troubling that they are associating our entire country with the Mayor of Toronto's troubles.
I bought the book in an attempt to understand how it was possible he was elected in the first place and why on earth he still seems to have such wide support.
I couldn't put the book down, it was a fascinating look at a politician's ability to keep addiction and criminal activity hidden for so long.
The author seems to bend over backwards to show compassion for Ford, and I'm frankly not sure why. But after reading it (all in one setting - much to my husbands irritation!) it left me feeling saddened that rich, spoiled boys with the right family connections can achieve so much in Canada.
So much for earning your position through hard work, integrity, honour and diligence - ideals we work hard to instill in our children. It's a lesson in how bullying and privilege are a free pass in our society, regardless of merit.
I highly recommend the book though - it's well-written, thoughtful, insightful and an excellent, fast-paced read.
No matter what your thoughts are about this situation - it's certainly worth a read.
Just an editorial comment - I bought the hard cover version and intended to buy the eBook as well. Perhaps someone can explain why it is $9.99 USD on amazon.com, but $14.99 CAD on amazon.ca. At current exchange rates, an equivalent price would be $11.10. Here's a Canadian authored book, about the largest Canadian city. I'm fortunate to have the option to buy from the US site, but the unfair pricing practices concern me.
I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 only because it starts out a little dry. The first few chapters contain detailed facts about Ford's tumultuous history. You can tell the author is a newspaper reporter, because you almost feel like you are reading one news report after another.
However, when you get further into the book, you appreciate her writing style. If she had been overly emotional one way or another, it would give credence to conspiracy claims. Besides she doesn't need to say much beyond the facts. The book is very aptly named.