Crazy Town

Crazy Town

The Rob Ford Story

Format
Hardcover
Price
$26.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670068111
  • 384 Pages
  • Viking
  • Adult

Overview

His drug and alcohol-fuelled antics made world headlines and engulfed a city in unprecedented controversy. Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s personal and political troubles have occupied centre stage in North America’s fourth-largest city since news broke that drug dealers were selling a videotape of Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine.

Reporter Robyn Doolittle was one of three journalists to view the video and report on its contents in May 2013. Her dogged pursuit of the story has uncovered disturbing details about the mayor’s past, and embroiled the Toronto police, city councillors, and ordinary citizens in a raucous debate about the future of the city.

Even before those explosive events, Ford was a divisive figure. A populist and successful city councillor, he was an underdog to become mayor in 2010. His politics and mercurial nature have split the amalgamated city in two.

But there is far more to the story. The Ford family has a long, unhappy history of substance abuse and criminal behaviour. Despite their troubles, they are also one of the most ambitious families in Canada. Those close to the Fords say they often compare themselves to the Kennedys and believe they were born to lead. Doolittle says that regardless of whether the mayor survives the current crack-cocaine scandal, the Ford name will be on the ballot in the mayoralty election in 2014.

Fast paced and insightful, Crazy Town is a page-turning portrait of a troubled man, a formidable family, and a city caught in an astonishing scandal.

Praise

“If you liked All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, you’ll love Crazy Town by Robyn Doolittle.” – The Next Chapter, CBC Radio

“Doolittle chronicles the investigations into Ford’s misconducts with admirable journalistic rigor and fairmindedness.” – Zoomer Magazine

“Dramatic . . . compelling.” – Toronto Life

Crazy Town is a fascinating read, offering an analysis of how someone like Ford could get elected and retain public favour. It’s also an apologia for how journalists today do their work . . . an extremely useful read.” – The Waterloo Region Record

“For anyone interested in finding out why Rob Ford is the way he is. . . . A wealth of information.” – Toronto Life

“The first in-depth examination of Toronto’s controversial mayor. . . Doolittle writes from both a critical and sympathetic standpoint . . . detailed and engaging. [. . .] It’s a solid volume of work.” – The Washington Times
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