One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko

One More Time The Best of Mike Royko With the incisive pen of a newspaperman and the compassionate soul of a poet Mike Royko was a Chicago institution who became in Jimmy Breslin s words the best journalist of his time Culled from

  • Title: One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko
  • Author: Mike Royko Lois Wille Studs Terkel
  • ISBN: 9780226730721
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko

    With the incisive pen of a newspaperman and the compassionate soul of a poet, Mike Royko was a Chicago institution who became, in Jimmy Breslin s words, the best journalist of his time Culled from 7500 columns and spanning four decades, from his early days to his last dispatch, the writings in this collection reflect a radically changing America as seen by a man whose kWith the incisive pen of a newspaperman and the compassionate soul of a poet, Mike Royko was a Chicago institution who became, in Jimmy Breslin s words, the best journalist of his time Culled from 7500 columns and spanning four decades, from his early days to his last dispatch, the writings in this collection reflect a radically changing America as seen by a man whose keen sense of justice and humor never faltered Faithful readers will find their old favorites and develop new ones, while the uninitiated have the enviable good fortune of experiencing this true American voice for the first time A treasure trove lies between these covers Royko was in a class by himself He was a true original Ann Landers The joy of One More Time is Royko in his own words Mary Eileen O Connell, New York Times Book Review Reading a collection of Royko s columns is even of a pleasure than encountering them one by one, and that is a large remark for he rarely wrote a piece that failed to wake you up with his hard earned moral wit Three cheers for Royko Norman Mailer Powerful, punchy, amazingly contemporary Neil A Grauer, Cleveland Plain Dealer This crackling collection of his own favorite columns as well as those beloved by his fans reminds us just how much we miss the gruff, compassionate voice of Mike Royko Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News A marvelous road map through four decades of America Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune Books Royko was an expert at finding universal truths in parochial situations, as well as in the larger issues war and peace, justice and injustice, wealth and poverty he examined Think of One More Time as one man s pungent commentary on life in these United States over the last few decades Booklist Royko was one of the most respected and admired people in the business, by readers and colleagues alike Savor his sketches while you can Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World Book collections of columns aren t presumed to be worth reading This one is, whether or not you care about newspapering or Chicago Neil Morgan, San Diego Union Tribune A treasure house for journalism students, for would be writers, for students of writing styles, for people who just like to laugh at the absurdity of the human condition or, as Studs Terkel said, for those who will later seek to learn what it was really like in the 20th century Georgie Anne Geyer, Washington Times Full of astonishments, and the greatest of these is Royko s technical mastery as a writer Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker A great tribute to an American original, a contrarian blessed with a sense of irony and a way with words Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today In this posthumous collection of his columns, journalist Royko displays the breezy wit that made him so beloved in the Windy City People

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    1. Joy

      I laughed, I cried, I didn't hurl (though Royko's description of czernina did sound pretty gross). I felt like I got to know Chicago's personality a lot better through reading this book. It's a wonderful compilation of columns written about the average ChicagoSlats Grobnik (sorry, no Joe here), government corruption, social justice, poverty, and some of America's truly defining historical moments. The writing is clever, funny, and down-to-earth, and Royko is such a tough guy that that I couldn't [...]

    2. John Martin

      When I was a newspaper copy boy in the late 1970s, one of my jobs was to clear the telex machine, rip the paper where appropriate and arrange all the incoming stories into piles - news, sport, features etc. Mike Royko's columns were syndicated then and even came to our little newspaper in Tasmania, Australia. I spent waaaaaaaay too long poring over his humorous/poignant/indignant/teasing columns to get the other piles right for when the cranky old news editor started work and began tasting the c [...]

    3. Jill

      This was my first foray into the columns of the legendary Mike Royko, and I have to say they weren't lyin'! He is the embodiment of Chicago his columns I don't see the Chicago of Michigan Ave. and Millenium Park. His Chicago is lower Wacker drive, and the old ethnic neighborhoods (many not so old or ethnic any more). I work right across the street from the original Billy Goat's Tavern on lower Michigana world apart from the restaurants and shops just a few blocks away. It has intrigued me since [...]

    4. Peter William Warn

      Leroy Bailey had a face before it was shot off in combat in Vietnam. When he returned home to the country that sent him to fight communism in Southeast Asia, the U.S. Veterans Administration said it wouldn't pay for surgery to fix what remained of Bailey's face. His injuries had almost certainly stolen from him the possibility that an employer would hire him and the chance that a woman would love him. Bailey knew no surgery could repair his features so they would ever be anything other than repu [...]

    5. Tom

      This is a fine collection of Royko's columns spanning his long career from the early 60's to the late 90's. The consistent quality and originality of the columns, published five times a week for over thirty years, are a true, never to be duplicated accomplishment. The book revisits a type of journalism that no longer finds a home in the modern world. I speak, not just of the disappearance of the daily newspaper as a forum for local interest, but more of Royko's penchant for speaking truth to pow [...]

    6. Peter

      If you've never read this guy, read this guy starting with this book. It has it alle Chicago stuff, the national political commentary, the humor, his feud with Rupert Murdoch, his heartbreaks with the Cubs. If nothing else, there are two columns (essays, really) in this book that are worth the cost of admission: "Jackie's Debut a Unique Day," which he wrote the day Jackie Robinson died, and the column he wrote after his wife passed (I'll look up the name and edit it in), which is heartbreaking w [...]

    7. David Allen

      Mike Royko's individual collections can be hit or miss. "One More Time," which winnows down 30 years of columns into a best-of, is a winner. He sticks up for Rodney King, predicts OJ will go free, eulogizes John Belushi, forces the Veterans Administration to help a destitute vet and critiques his own feet. Royko could go for the jugular, the tear ducts or the funny bone. His writing, especially his closers, are frequently astonishing.

    8. Vicki

      This book is so well done -- really poignant and funny and indicative of a time and place. Read it, and you feel like you're back there in that time (even if you weren't really there at that particular time). I love the way its broken up, and the selections that are included. A great Royko reader. Or a great Chicago reader -- they're more or less the same thing. A terrific book.

    9. Ron

      Great collection of articles. Very funny. Although my favorite was not funny but about the death of his wife titled: 'A November Farewell'My other favorite (which is funny) is titled: 'Demoition Derby' aka 'Who actually demolished Carlos Rodriguez's beautifully renovated house?'

    10. Gina

      I keep this book by my bed and read and re-read Royko columns when I'm in between novels. Absolutely loved this guy as a writer. He makes me laugh -- as well as cry -- and his insightfulness remains engaging even after so many years. A great book to own.

    11. Tiah

      My Grandmother gave me this book during my brief stint in Chicago. You can practically taste the town while reading this collection. He was a true master of the written word.

    12. Rick Bublitz

      I read this book several years ago based on the recommendation of an Army buddy raised on the southside of Chicago. This book is about a journalistic legend that lived and breathed Chicago and had the talent to write about both the good and the bad of the Windy City. I thought I should put out this review since I recently met a person from Chicago where I live now in Vancouver, WA. In our conversation he told me that he had never heard of Mike Royko. Being raised in Texas myself I had never hear [...]

    13. Jim

      There is no one like Royko. I think no one has represented Chicago as he has and it's the Chicago of the working stiffs, the immigrants and ethnic groups, and the most "American" of all big cities. I always liked how he stuck up for the little guy against the politicians, the bureaucracy, the greedy and the selfish. I regularly read his column from the late 60s right through the 70s. Then lost touch in the 80s and after. So most of the earlier columns are ones I remember, but the later ones, esp [...]

    14. Ryan

      Royko was one of the best newspaper columnists of all time. You can learn more about what the Chicago of his era felt like in five of his columns than you could in five histories.This collection of columns is a good place to start for anyone unfortunate enough to have never read his work. Royko was hilarious, wise and good-natured with just the right amount of bastard in him. You can know a lot about what's wrong with newspapers these days by wondering why the business doesn't produce his kind a [...]

    15. James Rozoff

      It's hard to look back so many years later and read old newspaper columns and appreciate them as much as when they were first published. Royko wrote about current events, many of them reflecting Chicago politics. But Royko was great, one of a kind. The world is worse off for his absence. There could have been better articles chosen for this collection, but there are some here that are not only powerful but relevant for today.

    16. Jerry

      If you’re looking for a grand overview of Mike Royko’s essays, One More Time is a great place to start. It includes his very first essay from September 6, 1963, and provides some of his best works from the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties, ending with his very last column from March 21, 1997, which was, fittingly, about both the Cubs and Sam Sianis of the Billy Goat Tavern.

    17. Margaret

      Now I understand why Mike Royko was a living legend of a newspaperman. I was about 16 when he died and too young to appreciate his columns. This man had a unique grasp of the dynamics of his native Chicago as well as a dry sense of wit in his social criticism of the developments in American culture and politics across his three and half decade career. I wish I could be so damn pithy even one day of the week.

    18. Thannasset

      Thought this guy was one of the finest users of the English language I ever encountered in a newspaper. Still think a lot of his stuff is worth reading and re-reading, even tho some of it may be 'dated'. Nobody agreed with Mike Royko all of the time, but readers always knew exactly what he was trying to say, exactly where he stood. Pretty high honesty rating for a newspaper columnist!

    19. John

      This guy's got to be one of the best columnists ever to write. If you want to understand Chicago, you have to read Royko. Whether his target is Daley, Sinatra, or Mrs. Smith from Ohio who wrote him a letter, he doesn't pull any punches. He's extremely funny, doesn't suffer fools of any variety, and has a great social conscience in a no-nonsense midwestern kind of way.

    20. Rick Homuth

      royko's perspective was that of the radical left in a city full of militantly right-wing democrats. at least, as i understand it. part of the reason reading this book is so cool is because it helps you realize how little you understand about the political climate in chicago in decades past. for better or for worse, it's interesting as hell

    21. Pelks

      Mike Royko was an excellent, excellent writer. All of the articles reprinted in this volume are a joy to read, although in some cases their continued relevance is a little depressing (his bitter remarks regarding gun control in America after the JFK assassination could have been written yesterday). A must-read for Chicagoans, and a powerful really-ought-to-read for everyone else.

    22. Chris

      An excellent primer, but the original books can still be had from Marketplace and the like for pennies. There might be some work in here not in the other books, and really, that's enough to recommend it. How big a volume would a "complete Royko" have to be? How many volumes??

    23. Cat.

      A good selection of columns spanning 30 years of his career. I'd forgotten how good of a writer he was, especially when he was 'on.' There's enough biographical information about Royko to tie the columns together, but not so much to make reading this maudlin.

    24. Kris

      A co-worker warned me that Mike Royko's columns may no longer be as accessible and entertaining as they were forty+ years ago. I was pleasantly surprised; despite the generational gap between me and Royko, his sarcasm and discussion of racism, violence, and bureaucratic corruption are timeless.

    25. McKay

      I thought a bunch during this one. Mike and I fail to share the same politics yet his concerns are clear and abiding. I would suggest those farther right than me could learn from and chuckle with Mike. More later

    26. Scott

      The Indianapolis Star carried Royko's syndicated columns and I got hooked as a sophomore in high school. Royko told it like it was but always was a little smarter than the guy at the end of the bar on Chicago's south side.So many to choose from, but I always chuckle at 'Bellying up to Success.'

    27. Eric

      An interesting compilation of Mike's columns that span the entirety of his career (64-97). With the backdrop of Chicago, the commentary, issues, and subject matter seem in some ways as relevant today as they were when first published. Very entertaining.

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