Gangsterland: A Tour Through the Dark Heart of Jazz-Age New York City

Gangsterland: A Tour Through the Dark Heart of Jazz-Age New York City

by David Pietrusza
Gangsterland: A Tour Through the Dark Heart of Jazz-Age New York City

Gangsterland: A Tour Through the Dark Heart of Jazz-Age New York City

by David Pietrusza

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Overview

WELCOME TO JAZZ-AGE MANHATTAN’S KALEIDOSCOPIC UNDERWORLD.

A site by site, crime by crime, outlaw by outlaw walking tour through the seedy underbelly of Roaring Twenties Manhattan—where gamblers and gangsters, crooks and cops, showgirls and speakeasies ruled the day and, always, the night.

In Gangsterland, historian David Pietrusza tours the Big Apple’s rotten core. The Roaring Twenties blaze and sparkle with Times Square’s bright lights and showgirls, but its dark shadows mask a web of notorious gangsters ruling New York City. At the heart of this wickedness nests a “Prince of Darkness,” Arnold Rothstein, the kingpin most noted for fixing baseball’s infamous 1919 World Series, who also bankrolled high-stakes gambling dens, speakeasies, trigger-happy bootleggers, and even a record setting Broadway show.

Sharing center stage are con artists Nicky Arnstein and “Dapper Don” Collins; crooked cop Lt. Charles Becker; politicians Mayor “Gentleman Jimmy” Walker and “Big Tim” Sullivan; master drug smugglers George Uffner and Sidney Stajer; murderous racketeers Lucky Luciano and Legs Diamon; show biz legends Flo Ziegfeld, Fanny Brice, and Texas Guinan; and many more. As Pietrusza prowls city boulevards and back alleys, exposing Tammany Hall, sports, Broadway, and Wall Street, jewels are fenced, bullets fly, and unmarked bills buy bribes and silence.

Readers get up close and personal with this rogues’ gallery but better check their wallets before they leave. 


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635769890
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 11/14/2023
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 221,818
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Pietrusza’s books include Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series1920: The Year of Six Presidents; 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America's Role in the World; 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies; and Roosevelt Sweeps Nation: FDR’s 1936 Landslide and the Triumph of the Liberal IdealRothstein was a finalist for an Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category, and 1920 was honored by Kirkus Reviews as among their "Books of the Year."

Pietrusza has appeared on Good Morning America, Morning Joe, The Voice of America, The History Channel, ESPN, NPR, AMC, and C-SPAN. He has spoken at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and various universities and festivals.

He lives in Scotia, New York.

Visit davidpietrusza.com

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