City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago (Paperback)
The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
Broadway Books, 9780307454300, 364pp.
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
It began on a balmy Monday afternoon when a blimp in flames crashed through the roof of a busy downtown bank, incinerating those inside. Within days, a racial incident at a crowded South Side beach spiraled into one of the worst urban riots in American history, followed by a transit strike that paralyzed the city. Then, when it seemed as if things could get no worse, police searching for a six-year-old girl discovered her body in a dark North Side basement.
Meticulously researched and expertly paced, City of Scoundrels captures the tumultuous birth of the modern American city, with all of its light and dark aspects in vivid relief. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader's guide and bonus content.
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Praise For City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago…
"(An) eager narrative that delivers vivid reading."
"The most compelling adventure yarn, full of crashing dirigibles, bloody riots, and classic crooks. Loved it."
—Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent
"A lavishly intricate, well-paced account of a great city lashed to the breaking point by a political perfect storm."
—New York Times