Crazy Town

Crazy Town

The Rob Ford Story

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Shocking new revelations about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, his family and associates by the Toronto Star reporter who has closely covered Ford’s career. Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, by Robyn Doolittle, will chronicle Ford’s ascent from a flamboyant city councillor to a mayor embroiled in controversy.



Random House, Inc.
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.



Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the life and political career of the controversial Toronto mayor, from his early days as a flamboyant city councillor to a mayor embroiled in controversy.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670068111
067006811X
Branch Call Number: Biography F755d
Characteristics: xv, 367 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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smichal
Sep 14, 2015

this book needs to be updated for the other incidents: bumbaclot, cancer, etc.

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talktimereader
Sep 26, 2014

Amazing, interesting and so sad. How can the largest city in Canada entertain this man as mayor? Consistently dishonest, friend of gang members, drug and alcohol abuser, and frequenter of escorts.

The book is a great read, and I found Robyn Doolittle's comment that the only thing that would stop Rob Ford from running again was jail or death....very insightful.

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mythoughts
Aug 14, 2014

Totally absorbing read. After all the accusations, rumours, videos and denials, this is a meticulously researched account of a story that is far from over. Bottom line, in judging the character of this man, is that he uses his kids as a shield when things get hot. He's a bully of the lowest class. Total scum.

But a great book.

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Keogh
Jul 19, 2014

An exceptional book, and a damning indictment of a lousy excuse for a human being and his reprehensible family. Doolittle goes into the history of the Ford family and examines the personalities, giving us details in a clear and concise manner. She also examines the efforts of her colleagues and herself during the investigation by the Toronto Star into the various misdeeds by the mayor. Her writing style is crisp and keeps your interest. If there is a problem, it is simply in that the story is not yet over, and this will no doubt need a follow up. Very worthwhile reading for anyone who has grown tired of the circus this man has inflicted on the entire country. His fans, however, will scream in outrage.

Diell Jul 12, 2014

I decided not to read it, after all the stories not over. I suppose she had to capture the moment, after all if she waited too long it may have just become blip,, accepted with a shrug and a sheepish grin. But I'd probably watch it some sleepless night on late night TV.

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debbledo
Jun 20, 2014

A very good read, hard to put this book down.

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jtcampbel47
Jun 10, 2014

I enjoyed the book, and its promising that public figures like Ford are put under public scrutiny, however difficult that is because of Canadian laws!!

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cat_moda
May 29, 2014

It was a great book! I don't normally read non-fiction, but this book I devoured very quickly!! The story is both tragic and revolting! I had no idea the massive scope of the trouble Ford was involved in from drugs, to hanging out with gang members and arm dealers! Wow!! It was a well written book that was also fair, unbiased, informative and easy to read. I learned a lot about Canadian politics, law, media, etc. It is not a hateful book. A very good read!

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grandmachrissy
May 16, 2014

I enjoyed the book very much. Since I was in Florida over the winter when most of this was happening, I was taken back at what I read in the book. There is very, very little Canadian news shown on US TV, but Ford did make it on CNN so we did know about the smoking of the pipe. It was to say the least, very embarrassing for us Canadians to hear about on CNN. I do hope that the people of Toronto will vote smarter this time around. As a person who was born in Toronto and lived there for 20 years I think the City deserves better. Doolittle did a great job on the book revealing the history of the Ford family.

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eusebius
May 10, 2014

This is a book that is longer than it has to be, because Doolittle puts in all the stuff that we already know--stuff that has been exhaustively gone through on TV and in print--so the deja-vu feeling is ever-present. She is good on the background analysis though.

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