Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed... show more
Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.
Publish date: 2014-10-28
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, American History
, True Crime
Gary Krist examines Progressive era (1890-1930) New Orleans through the eyes of the underworld in this extensively researched book (more than 30 pages of bibliography and footnotes).Krist looks at politics, the Mafia, prostitution, and even the rise of jazz music through the particulars of two crime...
H.L. Mencken once said, "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." However, I think Mr. Krist took that a bit too much as gospel, because throughout the book, he added editorial interjections to quotes that were perfectly understandable in their contemporary l...
I received this book free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's program. The virtuous reforming of New Orleans over the course of thirty years is chronicled through the lives of a few reformers, but mostly through the lives of the purveyors of vice in Gary Krist’s “Empire of Sin”. The book is a...
Thanks Net Galley and Crown Publishing for a free galley of this book. Here is my honest review. At first, I was like oh no, this is non-fiction, but after reading it a while I was VERY intrigued. It was told in such a story form that I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. I was actually sad it when it e...
I won a copy of this through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Thank you LT ER and thank you Crown Publishing!I really enjoyed this book and have to admit to getting upset with the hubs when he would talk instead of letting me finish the book. One of those great books that you want to take t...