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In this masterpiece of narrative history, acclaimed author Howard Blum evokes the original "crime of the century" and an aftermath even more dramatic than the crime itself-a seminal episode in Americas history that would spark national debate and draw into its orbit master sleuth William J. Burns, crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow, and industry-shaping filmmaker D. W. Griffith.

"Hugely engaging . . . has tremendous verve . . . American Lightning throws valuable new light on an episode that seems, for us today, particularly pertinent. Terrorism happened here." -Los Angeles Times

"A fast-moving, skillfully constructed account . . . Blums style is cinematic." -Chicago Sun-Times

"Compelling . . . a tense detective story." -Seattle Times

"A thumping-good drumroll of narrative history . . . the cross-country manhunt reads like a great mystery novel . . . Blum blows the dust off a page of Americas own incendiary past and brings it to pulsating life." -Dallas Morning News

Synopsis:

"American Lightning" shows the lasting impact the 1910 bombing of the "Los Angeles Times" offices had on three remarkable individuals and, through them, the country itself.

About the Author

HOWARD BLUM is the author of eight previous books, including the national bestsellers Wanted!, The Gold of Exodus, and Gangland. Currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Blum was also a reporter at the New York Times, where he won numerous journalism awards and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting.

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ISBN:
9780307346957
Author:
Blum, Howard
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
history;true crime;los angeles;non-fiction;crime;hollywood;1910s;terrorism;california;american history;20th century
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PAGE BandW INSERT
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.04x5.22x.74 in. .57 lbs.

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