If you were teaching Chicago 101 and could only assign three books to your students, Gary Rivlin’s Fire On The Prairie would deserve to be one of them. (I’m thinking Boss and American Pharaoh as the other two.)
“During Harold Washington’s embattled mayoralty campaign, Gary Rivlin saw clearly what other journalists were blind to,” Studs Terkel once said, “and reported what they had nonreported. He was to the Chicago political scene what I.F. Stone was to the national picture.”
Rivlin will participate in “Harold Washington: Exploring a Legacy” on Saturday at the Harold Washington Library, on the 25th anniversary of Washington’s election as Chicago’s first black mayor.
The program is free. For more information, call 312-409-4802.