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'The Mayor' by Richard Riordan short on revelations, insight
'The Mayor' by Richard Riordan short on revelations, insight

In his long public life in Los Angeles, including eight years as mayor, few ever accused Richard J. Riordan of being the Great Communicator. Sincere. Awkward. Generous. Tone deaf. Unbending. Passionate. All of those, yes. But capable of moving people with words — eloquent, funny or incisive words? Riordan seldom faced that accusation, even from his friends. It comes as a disappointment but not much of a surprise, then, that the autobiography of the city's only Republican mayor in recent memory fails to provide fresh perspective on Riordan or on what the Riordan years really meant. "The Mayor: How I Turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the O.J....

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