Download e-book for kindle: Rolling on the river: the best of Steve Neal by Steve Neal

By Steve Neal

ISBN-10: 080932282X

ISBN-13: 9780809322824

"There are few locations the place the sport [of politics] is performed with extra depth than in Chicago," notes Steve Neal, who has lined that city's politics considering the fact that 1979.

The longtime political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, Neal coated Jane M. Byrne's election in 1979 because the city's first lady mayor and Harold Washington's 1983 triumph as Chicago's first African American mayor. Even those people who are now not attracted to politics are attracted to Neal's column as a result of his hard-hitting sort and lucid insights. Rolling at the River is the 1st released number of his work.

In those pages, you will meet the nation legislator who by no means met a unique curiosity he didn't like, an alderman groveling to a mob boss, and the prosecutor who received notoriety as a exposure hound. Of a junketing congressman, Neal writes: "Instead of sending out a congressional publication, [he] needs to be sending his parts 'Wish you have been right here' postcards of sandy beaches."

Neal's beat is politics, yet his pursuits are wealthy and sundry. He additionally writes approximately activities, tune, literature, and picture with some extent of view that's clean and unique. Neal indicates how Muhammad Ali turned the heavyweight champion who transcended activities and the way Sid Luckman replaced soccer. He writes of Kenny Washington's value in breaking specialist football's colour barrier and Steve Prefontaine's braveness in taking up the little grey males of the activities institution. Neal chronicles Paul Robeson's struggles: "His identify grew to become an outstanding whisper. . . . The injustices opposed to Paul Robeson haven't been righted."

Nobel laureate Saul Bellow tells Neal that comedy is the brilliant desire of yank fiction since it is simply too tough for writers during this nation to understand the worst of the human situation. Neal tells why Frank Sinatra known as Chicago his form of city and likewise exhibits how the town conjures up the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Neal, a former White condo correspondent, stocks his point of view as one of many few journalists to have interviewed Ronald Reagan in 4 diverse a long time. He remembers spending a night with Richard M. Nixon, defends Harry Truman's so much arguable determination, and writes from eire of John F. Kennedy's enduring legacy within the state of his ancestors. Neal portrays William Jefferson Clinton because the "world's oldest teenager."

With shiny imagery, Neal makes his topics come alive. Mayor Richard M. Daley is likened to Forrest Gump, and the mythical boxing announcer Ben Bentley is hailed because the final of the Damon Runyon characters.

Tough yet reasonable. Illuminating. Compassionate. that is the better of Steve Neal.














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FDR, this volume shows, wasn't above suggesting leads for news reports about himself. He also had a keen sense of timing, knowing when to break news with maximum impact. "Instead of using it right now, jot your notes down and let me give you a hint," Roosevelt once told reporters. "Let me dig that up for you. Don't use it todayuse it for a Sunday or Monday story. " According to Winfield, White House press secretary Stephen Early put friendly reporters in the front row at FDR's news conferences to ask planted questions.

That type of column writing comes with time, but it takes more than time to develop that skill. There is an instinct that good journalists developsometimes. Too many fall into the quicksand of cynicism. Too many look only at yesterday's headlines and stories to reach today's conclusions. Steve Neal is a different, and better, journalist as you will sense as you read the pages of this fine collection. PAUL SIMON Page xiii Preface It beats working. For more than a quarter century, I have been following politicians around and putting them in print.

Thanks also to Steve Huntley, the editorial page editor, and his predecessors Michelle Stevens and Mark Hornung; executive editor Larry Green; executive news editor Jocyelyn Winnecke; and metropolitan editor Don Hayner. My articles on Paul Robeson, Ronald Reagan, John Updike, and Patsy Cline are reprinted with permission from the Philadelphia Inquirer. My articles on Alan J. Dixon and Saul Bellow are reprinted with permission from the Chicago Tribune. I'd also like to express my appreciation to Southern Illinois University Press director Rick Stetter, managing editor Carol Burns, editorial director Jim Simmons, acquisitions editor Karl Kageff, and copyeditor Kathleen Kageff.

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