“What Next, Chicago?: Notes of a Pissed-Off Native Son,” by Matt Rosenberg.
Matt Rosenberg dives into the heart of a city beset by violence, corruption and citycide. (Here’s the Amazon link.) This is what I wrote for a book blurb:
“Matt Rosenberg writes about the Chicago Way in the Chicago Style of a Mike Royko…. It’s a coherent, honest, and balanced tour of the city’s perpetual corruption, unsafe streets, gawd-awful schools, ghost neighborhoods, financial legerdemain, and the false Unified Theory of Systemic Racism that cloaks it all. Yet, What Next, Chicago? is no helpless, hopeless wail, but a powerful and useful roadmap for a rebirth of a once-great city, based on the voices of Black families and others who don’t need academia to know what to do. Must reading for Chicago lovers.” —Dennis Byrne, former Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member and author of Madness: The War of 1812.
Here’s another blurb:
Not since author Alex Kotlowitz ventured into Chicago’s Henry Horner housing projects has an author offered such a thoughtful and thorough first-hand analysis of the state of urban disrepair. Leaders…across America would be well served by reading Matt Rosenberg’s account of what’s happening in Chicago and how not to make some of the same mistakes.” Cyrus Krohn, former Publisher, Slate.com, author of “Bombarded: How to Fight Back Against the Online Assault on Democracy.”
For those of you who read Kotlowitz’s superb There are no children here, this is indeed high praise.
Here’s a sample.
If you are wonder if Matt is related to the late, great Milt Rosenberg, you’re right. Matt is Milt’s son. Milt was the long-time host of Extension 720 on WGN radio, the most erudite, thoughtful and informative talk show in Chicago’s history.Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.