Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

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Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

by Robyn Doolittle

Penguin Group Canada | February 3, 2014 | Hardcover

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story is rated 3.8667 out of 5 by 15.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: February 3, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006811X

ISBN - 13: 9780670068111

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read A must read for all Torontonians. I could not put it down and will share it with friends. This book provides a well written and well researched glimpse into the troubled Ford family. I was very interested in the chapter dealing with Rob Ford's campaign for mayor in 2010. I began to feel really sorry for his campaign manager. What a challenge!
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book is very interesting to read. It is not just a book slamming Ford, but a well written book on what has actually occurred. This book is a must read if you want to know the truth about 'Ford Nation.'
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book I LOVED this book. Like everyone, I followed the story as Rob Ford was caught smoking crack. I didn't realize the history behind his family, his politics and his connections. I highly recommend this book. It's an easy read and a real page turner.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book I LOVED this book. Like everyone, I followed the story as Rob Ford was caught smoking crack. I didn't realize the history behind his family, his politics and his connections. I highly recommend this book. It's an easy read and a real page turner.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Same old... I was really looking forward to this book but found myself to be completely disappointed. There was nothing new or mind-blowing in this book.  Find a torrent and download the online copy or borrow it from the library. I question all the positive reviews that were written before this book's release ;)
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well written and, evidently, factually correct book. It’s difficult to be able to SEPARATE: (A) one’s mostly negative feelings about this man due to his really horrible & ridiculous actions, yet who would be mayor again-if he gets his way-of Canada’s largest and most prestigious city FROM: (B) his complete arrogance & his reluctance to amend, or even TRY to amend, his ways of being a boozy, drunken, drug addicted, brain addled, 100% deceptive person TO: (C) being a trusted, respected representative of "the people" who elected him in the first place! They (the latter) are still dealing with: (1) their HUGE error in the latter respect and (2) the incredible (international) embarrassment wrought upon them, their City & Canada too, through ALL being the butt of ‘Ford' jokes on various ‘late night TV shows’. This fellow needs long term treatment for his numerous long term addictions and there are many, and varied, excellent professional assistance addiction programmes available to Ford in the City of Toronto. People who supposedly love and care for this man should help him by INSISTING he go through the necessary treatment programmes over the time required rather than ENABLING him as they have throughout his troubled past….. most importantly, treatment for Ford is necessary BEFORE it is too late for him.  PS I believe one person amongst, say, 10 friends buy the book and share it within their group. It’s a quick read and one needs 2-3 evenings to accomplish this so sharing works well. Also, it’s not really the kind of book you would feel the need to re-read and NEW chapter updates (good grief) appear daily in our newspapers…..will it EVER END???
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and interesting read. A number of reviewers have criticized this book because there is no new information in it.  While that's true, it was interesting to read a summary of the whole disastrous affair (at least so far.)  But what I found most interesting was the story of how the Star and Robyn Doolittle and colleagues actually got the story, and the processes of journalism, ethics, etc.  That was fresh information for me and so I enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Whether you're a political nut, or just a follower of Ford's recent antics - there's something in here for you. A great blend of political insight, inside information and good laughs - this one is definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and insightful I wrote a review several days ago after finishing the book. Maybe it was too long but it didn't get on. I found the care taken in following the leads interesting. It was more than a bit of gossip it was a light into the process of reporting.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book - Very Well Written Despite that many Ford Supporrters would have you believe (and who have not read the book) the book is excellently written and easy to read. Doolittle covers the history of the Ford family, their strengths, their weaknesses, the good they have done as well as the tragedies that have affect the family. The history of their father is very interesting and positive. She also goes into greater detail on how the stories came about, the methods of journalism she and the Star used, the care they took into trying to get Ford's side of the story and ensure that your sources could be trusted. Those who claim this is a hatchet job, clearly have not read the book. Those who say it is poorly written, have not read it. Those who say the book is full of lies are clearly lying themselves. The book gives the reader an excellent insight into the man who is our Mayor and who wants to be our Mayor again. The book offers the read a chance to know Rob ford better, and that knowledge includes not only his failings and mistakes, but also his strengths and victories.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Town The exploits of Toronto's clownish mayor have been well documented although it is still shocking to see them brought together in one volume. But the beauty of this book is that it smartly explores the "why" and not just the "what." Fascinating tales of the Ford family's evolution help explain why the mayor is what he is. An intelligent examination of the political dynamic in Toronto explains how Ford got elected and could, improbably, win re-election. Spicing everything up are the riveting behind-the-scenes journalism stories surrounding the crack video. This is so much more than I expected. 
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save your money. I was given an advanced copy to review and found this book to be quite boring.  Nothing new / interesting. Save your money. 
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save your money. I couldn't make it through the first half. This book contains no new / interesting information. Quite the bore. Save your money. 
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Quite boring There is no investigative element to this book.  This story was basically handed to the author, but I thought there was potential for this book regardless. There is nothing in here that we haven't heard a million times on every news station across the country. Not nearly as good as I had expected or hoped. 
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything You Wanted To Know... I was not surprised that Robyn Doolittle wrote a book on Rob Ford. I am surprised on how many new details she includes. Page 34 tells about an incident in Ford`s early life that has influenced his life since. Doolittle`s research is meticulous and fact-based. Some of the facts will definitely influence next year`s mayoral campaign. Ford Nation, especially needs to read this book. I highly recommend Crazy Town.
Date published: 2014-08-11

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Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

by Robyn Doolittle

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: February 3, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006811X

ISBN - 13: 9780670068111

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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.
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