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Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties

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Publisher Comments:

"Things began as they usually did: Someone shot someone else." So begins a chapter of Michael Lesy's disturbingly satisfying account of Chicago in the 1920s, the epicenter of murder in America. A city where daily newspapers fell over each other to cover the latest mayhem. A city where professionals and amateurs alike snuffed one another out, and often for the most banal of reasons, such as wanting a Packard twin-six. Men killing men, men killing women, women killing mencrimes of loot and love. Just as Lesy's first book, , subverted the accepted notion of the Gay Nineties, so gives us the dark side of the Jazz Age. Lesy's sharp, fearless storytelling makes a compelling case that this collection of criminals may be the progenitors of our modern age.

Book News Annotation:

Lesy (literary journalism, Hampshire College) describes 17 murder cases from Jazz Age Chicago. Reconstructing the murders and their aftermaths from newspaper accounts, trial transcripts, and other sources, he provides a portrait of the seamy underbelly of the booming Midwestern American city. Among the cases he describes are a fellow who made the mistake of shooting Al Capone's driver and the women whose cases became the basis for the Broadway musical Chicago. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Michael Lesy's portrait of a gruesome era could be fiction but it's not.

Synopsis:

Lesy's portrait of a gruesome era could be fiction--but it's not. Providing a glimpse into the dark side of the Jazz Age, Lesy's sharp, fearless storytelling makes a compelling case that this collection of criminals may be the progenitors of our modern age. 60 illustrations.

About the Author

Michael Lesy is the author of Wisconsin Death Trip, Angel's World: The New York Photographs of Angelo Rizzuto and Long Time Coming: A Photographic Portrait of America, 1935-1943, among others. A professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College, he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393060300
Author:
Lesy, Michael
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/20s
Subject:
Homicide
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions.
Subject:
Murder -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 illustrations
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 in 1.6 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Michael Lesy's portrait of a gruesome era could be fiction but it's not.
"Synopsis" by , Lesy's portrait of a gruesome era could be fiction--but it's not. Providing a glimpse into the dark side of the Jazz Age, Lesy's sharp, fearless storytelling makes a compelling case that this collection of criminals may be the progenitors of our modern age. 60 illustrations.
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