His drug and alcohol-fuelled antics made world headlines and engulfed a city in unprecedented controversy. R eporter Robyn Doolittle was one of three journalists to view the video of Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine. Her dogged pursuit of the story uncovered disturbing details about the mayor’s past and shone a light on the history of substance abuse and criminal behaviour that has beset the Fords, one of the most ambitious families in Canada.
After Doolittle helped break news of a second crack video, Ford entered rehab. Stripped of his mayoral powers, he nevertheless ran for mayor in the October 2014 election.
Updated with new material, Crazy Town is a page-turning and insightful portrait of a troubled man, a formidable family, and a city caught in a jaw-dropping scandal.
Robyn Doolittle is a reporter with The Globe and Mail. She began her career covering crime and moved to the municipal politics beat during the 2010 mayoral elections. She is one of three reporters to have viewed a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. A graduate of Ryerson University's journalism school, Doolittle lives in Toronto.
“If you liked All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, you'll love Crazy Town by Robyn Doolittle.” - The Next Chapter, CBC Radio
“Doolittle chronicles the investigations into Ford’s misconducts with admirable journalistic rigor and fairmindedness.” - Zoomer Magazine
“Dramatic . . . compelling.” - Toronto Life
“Crazy Town is a fascinating read, offering an analysis of how someone like Ford could get elected and retain public favour. It's also an apologia for how journalists today do their work . . . an extremely useful read.” - The Waterloo Region Record
“For anyone interested in finding out why Rob Ford is the way he is. . . . A wealth of information.” - Toronto Life
“The first in-depth examination of Toronto’s controversial mayor. . . Doolittle writes from both a critical and sympathetic standpoint . . . detailed and engaging. [. . .] It’s a solid volume of work.” - The Washington Times