Deadly Times: The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and America's Forgotten Decade of Terror

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Between 1907 and 1911, the United States was hit by the longest period of sustained terrorism in its history. Of more than 200 bombings that were carried out during this period, the most shocking was the dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building on the morning of October 1, 1910, which killed twenty-one people.

Deadly Times tells the fascinating story of the bombing,  the search to apprehend the bombers, the issues that polarized the ...

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Overview

Between 1907 and 1911, the United States was hit by the longest period of sustained terrorism in its history. Of more than 200 bombings that were carried out during this period, the most shocking was the dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building on the morning of October 1, 1910, which killed twenty-one people.

Deadly Times tells the fascinating story of the bombing,  the search to apprehend the bombers, the issues that polarized the nation, and the dramatic trials that ensued. The magnificent cast of characters includes:

General Harrison Gray Otis, owner of the Los Angeles Times, whose proposal to de-unionize San Francisco and Los Angeles  led to its being singled out as a bombing target.

William J. Burns, who tracked down the bombers and would eventually become the first director of the FBI.

Earl Rogers, the brilliant criminal attorney, drinking companion of Jack London, who became the model for Perry Mason.

The legendary Clarence Darrow, who defended the bombers

And the bombers themselves, the brothers J.J. and J.B. McNamara, who on their arrest became symbols of capitalist treachery to the working class.

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Former Los Angeles TV anchorman and journalist Irwin takes readers to an oft-forgotten era of home-grown terrorism: from 1907 to 1911 violent tensions between businesses and unions prompted more than 200 bombings. General Harrison Clay Otis’s Los Angeles Times was outspokenly anti-union, and in the middle of the night on October 1, 1910, an explosion ripped through the paper’s headquarters, killing 21 people. The tragedy sparked an immediate manhunt, but it would be months before the culprits turned up. Irwin writes in the preface that the inspiration for the book came from an interview he conducted half a century ago with Irving Stone, author of the popular biographical novel Clarence Darrow for the Defense, and he does his best to mimic Stone’s template by offering accurate yet enthralling portraits of the major players in the case, including Otis, private detective William J. Burns, corrupt union boss Herb Hockin, the accused McNamara brothers, and their defense lawyer—Clarence Darrow. Masterfully alternating between the exploits of the main characters, Irwin recreates the devastating blast, the public hysteria, and the sensational trial following the arrest of the bombing brothers. History buffs and scholars of the modern Age of Terror will devour this detailed account. 16-page b&w insert. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762783540
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 322,711
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lew Irwin has been a Los Angeles television anchorman, investigative reporter, and host on a variety of television and radio shows, including the nationally syndicated Earth News Radio. Since 1992, he has been the publisher and editor of Studio Briefing, the entertainment industry's most widely circulated newsletter.

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