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Maverick and the Machine

Maverick and the Machine

Governor Dan Walker Tells His Story

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Dan Walker


Paperback (Other formats: Trade Cloth)
376 pages, 6 x 9, 30 illustrations


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A reformer who was always colorful, provocative, and controversial, Dan Walker became a political maverick, taking on Mayor Richard J. Daley’s vaunted Chicago machine and the powerful incumbent Richard Ogilvie to become the governor of Illinois. The Maverick and the Machine tells the dramatic story of Walker’s rise from dirt-poor beginnings to the pinnacle of power in Illinois and his conviction on charges of bank fraud that landed him in federal prison. This frank volume also probes the inner sanctum of the governorship and reviews the investigations of Governor Blagojevich’s administration and the criminal trial of former governor George Ryan.
Best Memoir of 2008, San Diego Book Awards
Illinois State Historical Society Certificate of Excellence, 2008


Dan Walker (1922-2015), a naval officer during World War II and the Korean War, worked in Chicago as a trial lawyer and business executive before serving as governor of Illinois from 1973 to 1977.


 “I've known other Illinois governors during the past fifty years, and none of them has written anything as self-revealing as The Maverick and the Machine. Former governor Walker bares his soul, extolling his virtues and confessing his weaknesses while laying out in vivid detail stages of a life with little parallel.”
Taylor Pensoneau, coauthor of Dan Walker: The Glory and the Tragedy