Crazy Town by Robyn Doolittle audiobook

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

By Robyn Doolittle
Read by Erin Bennett

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780670068111
10.90 Hours Unabridged
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His drug- and alcohol-fueled antics made world headlines and engulfed a city in unprecedented controversy. Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s personal and political troubles have occupied center 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 behavior. 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. 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.

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Summary

Summary

His drug- and alcohol-fueled antics made world headlines and engulfed a city in unprecedented controversy. Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s personal and political troubles have occupied center 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 behavior. 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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If you liked All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, you’ll love Crazy Town.” CBC Radio
“The first in-depth examination of Toronto’s controversial mayor…Doolittle writes from both a critical and sympathetic standpoint…Detailed and engaging…A solid volume of work.” Washington Times
“Doolittle chronicles the investigations into Ford’s misconducts with admirable journalistic rigor and fairmindedness.” Zoomer
“Dramatic…compelling.” Toronto Life
Crazy Town is a fascinating read, offering an analysis of how someone like Ford could get elected and retain public favor. It’s also an apologia for how journalists today do their work…an extremely useful read.” Waterloo Region Record

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Author Bio: Robyn Doolittle

Author Bio: Robyn Doolittle

Robyn Doolittle is a reporter with the Globe and Mail. She began her career covering crime and moved to the municipal politics beat during the 2010 mayoral elections. She is one of three reporters to have viewed a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. A graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism school, Doolittle lives in Toronto.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 10.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English