City of Scoundrels

City of Scoundrels

The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago

Book - 2012
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Documents the harrowing twelve-day period in Chicago in 1919 during which a blimp crash, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational child murder case challenged the city's modernization efforts.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 347 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780307454294
Branch Call Number: 977.311042 Kri


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MrFrida Oct 18, 2013

A good read. The book offered great detail and insight during the year 1919 and the administration of Mayor William Hale Thompson (Big Bill Thompson). Native Chicagoans can truly see connections from the past to present times.

LaBeteNoir Apr 05, 2013

Easy read about a time of crisis and how politicians reacted (or failed to).
I enjoyed, but dismayed that the politics too closely resembled today's politics.

It was humanized by giving accounts of "regular" individuals living at time, reporter, young Jewish woman...

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