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Book: Hardcover | 156 x 234mm | 304 pages | ISBN 9780670068111 | 03 Feb 2014 | Viking Canada | 18 - AND UP
Robyn Doolittle

Robyn Doolittle is an investigative reporter with the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. She began her career at the Toronto Star, covering crime and later municipal politics. Her two-year investigation into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's substance abuse issues garnered worldwide attention, and in 2014, the Star's Ford investigation was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award and a Michener Award for public service journalism. A graduate of Ryerson University, Doolittle has lived in Toronto since 2002.

CRAZY TOWN

THE ROB FORD STORY

Robyn Doolittle



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.

Robyn Doolittle is an investigative reporter with the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. She began her career at the Toronto Star, covering crime and later municipal politics. Her two-year investigation into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's substance abuse issues garnered worldwide attention, and in 2014, the Star's Ford investigation was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award and a Michener Award for public service journalism. A graduate of Ryerson University, Doolittle has lived in Toronto since 2002.

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