A reformer who was always colorful, provocative, and controversial, Dan Walker became a political maverick, taking on Mayor Richard J. Daley's vaunted Chicago machine and the powerful incumbent Richard Ogilvie to become the goverr of Illiis. The Maverick and the Machine tells the dramatic story of Walker's rise from dirtpoor beginnings to the pinnacle of power in Illiis and his conviction on charges of bank fraud that landed him in federal prison. This frank volume also probes the inner sanctum of the goverrship and reviews the investigations of Goverr Blagojevich's administration and the criminal trial of former goverr George Ryan. Best Memoir of 2008, San Diego Book Awards Illiis State Historical Society Certificate of Excellence, 2008
Dan Walker, a naval officer during World War II and the Korean War, worked in Chicago as a trial lawyer and business executive before becoming governor of Illinois from 1973 to 1977. The author of a number of awardwinning books, he currently lives in the San Diego area.