While the Music Lasts by William M. Bulger
My Life in Politics

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This memoir, by turns passionate and hilarious, recounts the colorful life of the man who has dominated Massachusetts state politics for more than a generation. William Bulger describes his childhood in a poor but lively and devoted family in heavily Irish South Boston - where he still lives - and his struggle for an education. He tells of his leadership when Boston was America's focal point in a fierce school busing crisis. He recounts power-brokering in one of the most independent and feisty state governments in the nation and writes about the inside game of politics in a way that invites comparison to Edwin O'Connor's The Last Hurrah . He affectingly makes the case for the right of neighborhoods to preserve ancestral culture from efforts to stifle diverse traditions in a rootless age. This is a book for political aficionados everywhere.
 

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Published February 19, 1996 by Houghton Mifflin. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In many ways a traditional Democratic Boston pol (he reveals himself as an admirer of James Michael Curley, the legendary silver-tongued leader of the Boston political machine), Bulger used politics as a way of advancing the interests of ordinary people;

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Bulger was born in South Boston in 1934, the son of Irish-Catholic working-class parents.

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