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Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story Hardcover – Feb 4 2014

3.8 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (Feb. 4 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067006811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670068111
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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There are a number of sad 1-star reviews on Amazon, obviously written by people who have not read the book and are likely members of Ford Nation who are upset that the playground bully is subject of more (completely fact based) criticism. This book details months - years - of work that was behind the scenes leading up to the story that we all know.

The business of "anonymous" sources is completely off-base, most of the sources in this book are named. There are only two or three - OF MANY - who are not identified, and that is only because the investigations around Ford are still ongoing.

This book is not a rehash of a bunch of already published articles, it is a thoroughly researched piece that references many of the facts we already know of this very sad story, but adds a significant amount of back-story and details on how these facts came to light - much of which has not been talked about. For instance, the history of the family business was very interesting and the sheer amount of collective "troubles" the Ford siblings have been in will make your head spin.

This story is far from over, and we will likely have enough material to fill several more volumes of books even before the election, but for a thoroughly researched tome on the story (so far!), this is a very interesting read.
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I bought this as soon as it came out and wasn't disappointed. Doolittle walks a fine line between "nothing but the facts" dryness and the sur-reality she seems to have been feeling being in the middle of the madness. If you're looking for additional bombshells you are likely to be disappointed but there's a great depth to the story presented, including a more compassionate look at the Ford family history and context than you might expect. If you're looking for a "beat up" piece, this really isn't it. It's a good read.
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I like this book because it is giving me some insite into who Rob Ford is and some of what contributes to his being the person he is.
I had to get used to Robyn's form of writing but once I did , it was an easy read. Easy to understand and easy to follow.
Anyone interested in GTA politics should read this book. Anyone wondering what kind of a person Rob Ford is should read this book. Anyone wondering what helped shape Rob Ford's behaviour and views, should read this book. If you want help with determining how things might go in Toronto in the future under Mayor Ford, you need to read this book.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 23 2014
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Talk about turning things upside down in a jiffy. It is 2010 and Torontonians are preparing to elect a new mayor. One moment it looked like four more years of the same staid, middle-of-the-road soft civic leadership from the centre Left, and then it all changed. Councillor Rob Ford from Etobicoke threw his hat in the ring, and life in Canada’s largest city has never been the same. Doolittle has written a candid crackerjack of a book covering a large part of Ford and the family name from the mid-20th century on what helps to explain why a loud-mouth, obnoxious, bombastic individual like Rob Ford can find himself in a place of political prominence in a city known to despise conservative politicians. While her account reads like a cautionary and sensational tale with a wicked twist, it is much better than that. Doolittle actually wants her readers to understand that Ford is as much a creation of the culture he and his brothers grew up in the eighties and nineties as he is a terribly flawed individual. The fact that Ford and his clan have manipulated the counter-culture media into seeing him as a tough, no-nonsense populist of a politician speaks volumes about his abilities as a modern plutocrat. With the libertarian crowd behind him, Ford can basically be anything, say anything, and do anything he wants because he’s the boss, including his regular use of profanity, slandering his opponents, doing drugs, drinking in public, and hanging out with the criminal element. When faced with the evidence that he is committing reprehensible actions, he and the rest of the Fords go into denial mode. Through controversial year after year in public office, both as a councilor and mayor, Ford continues to hold his popularity which has Doolittle musing what next. As an investigative reporter, she has definitely earned the right to be regarded as an authority on all things Ford.
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I reluctantly bought this book because I didn't want to give the Crack Mayor more mind-space (am burnt out by the excessive media coverage), but wanted to support the author who is an excellent journalist. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book well-written and very interesting. I could not put it down!

The book's strength is in explaining why Ford was voted into office, and the detailed the machinations to cover up his disgraceful behaviour. Even more impressive is that this book was written in 3 short months and yet is solidly researched with extensive footnotes and sources.
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I have always been confused (often with great frustration) about how Rob Ford got to where he is. Robyn does a fantastic job of illustrating the dysfunctional family behind the man.

Bought this book on day 1 - and finished it the same night. A great read ...almost too bizarre to be true !
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