Robin Hood in Boston

Eliot, Thomas H.
March 1956
New Republic;3/12/56, Vol. 134 Issue 11, p28
The article focuses on the book "The Last Hurrah," by Edwin O'Connor. This is the story of the final effort of a 72-year-old politician Frank Skeffington, to be elected Mayor of Boston for the umpteenth time. The campaign is observed largely through the eyes of Skeffington's nephew. If this is a political novel, it's also a historical one, or so the author seems to think. His message is that the old days of political machines, of bosses like Frank Skeffington, have passed, their stock in trade having been appropriated by the welfare state.


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