Book Review: Crazy Town
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.
ashley | I like to think of myself as an informed and intelligent woman and seeing as how I currently live in Toronto with an impending election, picking up Robyn Doolittle’s Crazy Town, the story of our infamous mayor Rob Ford, seemed like a necessary move.
Even if you don’t live in Toronto, by now you must have heard something about Rob Ford. He’s been gracing television screens and youtube channels with his antics. And I almost couldn’t have picked a better day to post this review, given the release of yet another video and a sound clip today. This isn’t a political post; I can’t say I’m well versed enough in politics, at least not enough to write an informed opinionated piece on it. But I can discuss the book itself.
Robyn Doolittle hit the jackpot with her internship when she started at the Toronto Star; she had the journalistic chops and growing resources to put together a detailed timeline and firsthand account of Rob Ford’s career before it was thrown into the spotlight.
But with all her compiled information, the building excitement and no doubt a pressing print deadline, Doolittle seems to have let some of that chaos into her book. Everything seems so thrown together and all over the place. Details are repetitive, the information jumps all from person to person and time period to time period without any logical connection. The book itself seems to come full circle, but instead of tying things up nicely where it started, you basically just re-read what you’ve already read. As a whole, it seems like you’re kind of picking pieces of information out of a box and piecing it all together yourself. All the information is there, but not necessarily in a very cohesive order.
But it’s accurate. A hefty referenced footnote section sees to that. And it’s well detailed and informed. Despite colouring outside of the lines, it still delivers the goods and shows you exactly what kind of person is leading our city. If you want to make an informed decision, if you really want to see everything that has been going on (and there is more than just what you’re seeing on late night), then Doolittle gives you a hell of a look inside Ford’s crazy life.