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City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago

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9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Photos are in the Nook edition

In a review I just wrote (but doesn't yet appear) I complained about a lack of photos that appeared in the hardbound version. I was wrong.

While the section appears several pages past where it is in the hardbound version, it is there. And it is even shown in the Table ...
In a review I just wrote (but doesn't yet appear) I complained about a lack of photos that appeared in the hardbound version. I was wrong.

While the section appears several pages past where it is in the hardbound version, it is there. And it is even shown in the Table of Contents (which I am sure I'd checked earlier but apparently not -- or there are pesky gremlins that sneaked it in after I complained)

So, consider my complaint withdrawn and I shall amend my initial review if possible (and when it appears) and add a star as I have done here.

posted by MNSnowman on April 20, 2012

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Gary Krist has written an extremely detailed account of what he

Gary Krist has written an extremely detailed account of what he calls the twelve days in 1919 that changed and made the city of Chicago.  This involved a supposed "treat ride on the new Goodyear blimp" that was a disaster when it caught fire and fell ablaze in...
Gary Krist has written an extremely detailed account of what he calls the twelve days in 1919 that changed and made the city of Chicago.  This involved a supposed "treat ride on the new Goodyear blimp" that was a disaster when it caught fire and fell ablaze into the center of a popular Chicago bank; a transit strike that turned into a political battleground; race riots between the blacks that were making a new life for themselves in the north, and the whites who didn't want them there; and the murder of a six year old girl by a disturbed man. 




Krist tells this tale through detailed accounts of people's letters and journals, and accounts from newspapers and other first hand reports of the time.  For lovers of extensive histories of Chicago, I believe this book is a must read.  For historians of American politics, this reads like political battles of the present day.  But, perhaps for the casual reader, this was a bit long winded.  Some personal views of lovers or militia men, plus names of many of the victims from these different events were not truly necessary.  But, I believe this book was well done for exactly what it claims to be telling---the events that changed a city into the political being, and visual entity that it is today.

posted by RonnaL on March 23, 2013

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

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    very interesting book outline, so naturally had to get the this book. It did not disappoint!

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I was born and raised in Chicago, I absolutely love everything about this city, except the cubs and northsiders! haha.... Iam always interested in anything having to do with city's history. Gary Krist does an excellent job of explaining the early part of the twentieth century in Chicago. There have been many books Ive read relating to this city's history, but I found this book to be extremely informative and introduced a lot of facts about Chicago's past that I never knew before

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    Extremely interesting account of events I'd never even heard of

    Extremely interesting account of events I'd never even heard of before reading the book. It reads like fiction, I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 3, 2012

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    Excellent!!!!!!

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    Posted June 25, 2012

    Tori

    Na youll like it to much.

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    Nookville moving to nookville all results

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