Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story Hardcover – Feb 4 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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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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A little short on revelations (Like: oldest brother Randy is also a dope fiend- I didn't know that) but reminded me of several things I'd forgotten (Like: oldest sister Kathy... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Never Youmind
Ms. Doolittle has done an EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT job to expose Rob Ford for what he really is - a lying, cheating drug and alcohol addicted politician, who believes he is above the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dragonfly
Well put together. Also, a nice vindication of the vilified newspaper and its writers.Published 20 months ago by Jacqueline Chaytor
I like to think of myself as an informed and intelligent woman and seeing as how I currently live in Toronto with an impending election, picking up Robyn Doolittle’s Crazy Town,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by soapathetic
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