Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era

This is an engaging memoir by Boston politico Larry DiCara, former City Councillor and former mayoral candidate. Part political history, part personal, it provides a convincing insider’s account of Boston politics in the ’70s and ’80s, focusing on the busing crisis but discussing much more than that. The reader learns a lot about how things work in Boston and what eventually led up to the long mayoralty of Tom Menino. While DiCara’s political combo of pro-business progressivism won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and while some readers might feel that he thinks a bit too highly of himself, the account of how the child of Italian immigrants in Dorchester rose to be President of the Boston City Council and even to run for mayor is a classic American story that’s well worth reading. Perhaps I’m biased, as DiCara and I were fellow residents of Quincy House (overlapping by one year), but I’m trying to be objective here.

Categories: Books, Dorchester/Boston