The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth
Criminal. I thought the trope of the Chicago welfare queen was a racist whistle used by politicians, especially Ronald Reagan, to drum up votes. While there were plenty of lies and a framework of racism at play, there actually was a woman who committed major fraud among other crimes in Illinois. In his book titled, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth, Josh Levin tells us the true story of Linda Taylor (who used lots of names), and the truth is sad. Taylor was a con artist, a welfare cheat, and probably a murderer. Her evil deeds are presented in detail in this book, and if it were fiction, we would find it too improbable. The true story lands as a recital of a troubled life and a criminal who treated everyone with contempt and used others for her own ends.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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