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Lord Reading: Rufus Isaacs, First Marquess of Reading, Lord Chief Justice and Viceroy of India, 1860-1935
Denis Judd
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Susan Carlile
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David M. Glantz
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Mayor Harold Washington: Champion of Race and Reform in Chicago - Roger Biles

Four chapters in, and my liking for the book has been tempered a little. Biles does a good job chronicling Washington's challenges in the first months of his administration (and I'm enjoying his recounting of the infamous "Council Wars" of the time), but his explanation suffers from the absence of a description of exactly what powers the mayor of Chicago possessed at that time. Knowing what they were would have made it clearer the extent to which Washington's ability to effect change really was effected by the opposition of the Vrdolyak 29.