The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

by Beverly Gage


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ISBN-13: 9780199759286
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/13/2010
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 577,777
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Beverly Gage teaches U.S. history at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune,, the Nation, and the Washington Post. She has been featured as a guest commentator on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and in Time magazine.

Pam Ward has performed in dinner theater, summer stock, and Off-Broadway, as well as in commercials, radio, and film. An experienced narrator, Pam has recorded many titles for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. She is the recipient of an AudioFile Earphones Award and the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I September 16, 1920

1 The Middle of Things 11

2 The End of the World 31

Part II The Story of Dynamite

3 The First Terrorist Act in America 41

4 American Roughneck 69

5 The War at Home 96

Part III A National Crime

6 The Great Detectives 125

7 Business as Usual 150

8 Usual Suspects 169

9 A Perfect Alibi 187

Part IV Faccia a Faccia

10 The Anarchist Fighters 207

11 Illegal Practices 229

12 The Martyr Who Wasn't 242

Part V The Russian Connection

13 The "Great Detective" Returns 261

14 Triple-Cross 277

15 The Wall Street Curse 291

16 The Roar of the Twenties 309

Appendix: In Memoriam 329

Acknowledgments 331

Note on Sources 333

Abbreviations Used in Notes 335

Notes 339

Index 387

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The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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bruchu on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Anarchists, Terror, and Class Warfare This is a highly readable, thoroughly engaging book about one of the more important movements and suppressed memories in US history. Class warfare is usually relegated to the European context, but as Beverly Gage shows, it was comprehensive and pervasive in the first quarter of the 20th century.Free of academic jargon and social science babble, Gage is a great story-teller chronologically detailing the events that lead up to the bombing, the investigation, and the aftermath. Throughout, are wonderful anecdotes about the McNamara affair in Los Angeles, wobblies in the pacific northwest, and the follies of investigators who made a mockery of the justice system.If you enjoyed Mike Davis's book "Buda's Wagon", you'll enjoy this more in-depth well-researched thesis turned book about one of the lesser known events in US history.
hermit on LibraryThing 10 months ago
September 11, 2001 is a day no American will forget, especially if you lived in the city of New York. That is what we all say and believe when these horrible acts happen. But how many remember the terrorist bombing on Wall Street that happened in 1920. It is in our nature to forget the bad and put it out of our mind, even if it takes a century to do so. Since the invention of dynamite there has always been acts of terror by anarchist that have done great damage to large amounts of people and property. Of course terrorism in one form or another has always existed in every situation, but dynamite allowed a "common man" to do a great deal of damage. So yes we do forget these horrible events and are forced too relive history. Though this book starts off with the 1920 Wall Street Bombing and the not so thorough investigation of the bombing is an ongoing theme for the book. The author has really chosen to use this large bombing to write social structure of the anarchist against every government in the world and communist parties against the U.S Government all with the socialist trying to not be associated with there violent actions and stay a viable political party. And shows how most of the anarchist where originally deported from Russia and Europe to the Land of the Free through New York.New York then as now is considered the heart, even if symbolically, of Capitalism. So that seems to always be the target of terrorist when they feel they want to strike at the U.S.A. Regardless of year. It shows then as now politicians tried to use this tragedy where we have the loss of innocent lives for political gain.Gage does a very thorough job on relating the history of terrorism in the United States that occurred in the late 1800's that that lead up to the 1920 Wall Street bombing. I feel I should tell you I love reading history books and found this one quite compelling. Though she is writing about a complex event that took place almost a century ago it read as if we were following the events in real time. She goes into some great detail though I am sorry to say many references had to come from News paper clippings; and as we know all papers have their own agenda. As is needed in this kind of book, the author has gone to great extent to document her book with footnotes. I would expect no less from any history book from Oxford Press.I enjoyed reading this work of good scholarly writing. But if you are not use to reading books by historians you may find it a little hard to read. And though the book is about the bombing and the investigation, it could be subtitled 'A Study of the Socialist and Anarchist movement in the early part of the 20th century'. All in all I enjoyed the book and its attention to detail.
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