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City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago - Gary Krist
City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
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The masterfully told story of 12 volatile days in the life of Chicago, when an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational child murder roiled a city already on the brink of collapse. When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation.... show more
The masterfully told story of 12 volatile days in the life of Chicago, when an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational child murder roiled a city already on the brink of collapse. When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation. Modernizers had an audacious, expensive plan to turn the city from a brawling, unglamorous place into "the Metropolis of the World." But just as the dream seemed within reach, pandemonium broke loose--the city's highest ambitions suddenly under attack by the same unbridled energies that had given birth to them in the first place. 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 hot, 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 yet 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307454294 (0307454290)
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 347
Edition language: English
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4.0 City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
The "twelve days of disaster" covered in Gary Krist's City of Scoundrels begin with a seemingly innocuous blimp test-flight above "the Loop" on July 21, 1919. Curious crowds gathered to behold the dirigible airship, the Wingfoot Express, (pictured below prior to its crash, obviously), and plenty of ...
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4.0 City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
The "twelve days of disaster" covered in Gary Krist's City of Scoundrels begin with a seemingly innocuous blimp test-flight above "the Loop" on July 21, 1919. Curious crowds gathered to behold the dirigible airship, the Wingfoot Express, (pictured below prior to its crash, obviously), and plenty of ...
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4.0 City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
From July 21st through August 1st, 1919 Chicago was a city of turmoil. This non-fiction account of that time reads like a good historical fiction novel, but as the author states in the forward all the events are factual and no dialogue is invented. Mr. Krist draws from public record, newspaper acc...
Denise
Denise rated it
4.0 City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
This was a fascinating look at Chicago in 1919. While the title states that this is about "12 days of Disaster" it seemed more like the whole year of 1919. There were many events in 1919 that changed Chicago forever; while most of these events do take place in the 12 days mentioned, I don't think th...
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1.0 City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
I won this book on a goodreads giveaway, and I have received no compensation for the following review.The first few pages brought me in, but then the book wasn't what I hoped it would be. I knew it was about a series of events over a tumultuous year in Chicago history but I didn't know it wasn't go...
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