City of Scoundrels by Gary Krist audiobook

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

By Gary Krist
Read by Rob Shapiro

Random House Audio 9780307454294
9.57 Hours 1
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When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation. Modernizers had an audacious, expensive plan to turn the city from a brawling, unglamorous place into “the Metropolis of the World.” But just as the dream seemed within reach, pandemonium broke loose and the city’s highest ambitions were suddenly under attack by the same unbridled energies that had given birth to them in the first place.    It began on a balmy Monday afternoon when a blimp in flames crashed through the roof of a busy downtown bank, incinerating those inside. Within days, a racial incident at a hot, crowded South Side beach spiraled into one of the worst urban riots in American history, followed by a transit strike that paralyzed the city. Then, when it seemed as if things could get no worse, police searching for a six-year-old girl discovered her body in a dark North Side basement.   City of Scoundrels captures the tumultuous birth of the modern American city, with all of its light and dark aspects in vivid relief.

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Summary

Summary

When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation. Modernizers had an audacious, expensive plan to turn the city from a brawling, unglamorous place into “the Metropolis of the World.” But just as the dream seemed within reach, pandemonium broke loose and the city’s highest ambitions were suddenly under attack by the same unbridled energies that had given birth to them in the first place.    It began on a balmy Monday afternoon when a blimp in flames crashed through the roof of a busy downtown bank, incinerating those inside. Within days, a racial incident at a hot, crowded South Side beach spiraled into one of the worst urban riots in American history, followed by a transit strike that paralyzed the city. Then, when it seemed as if things could get no worse, police searching for a six-year-old girl discovered her body in a dark North Side basement.   City of Scoundrels captures the tumultuous birth of the modern American city, with all of its light and dark aspects in vivid relief.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

(An) eager narrative that delivers vivid reading. Kirkus Reviews
The most compelling adventure yarn, full of crashing dirigibles, bloody riots, and classic crooks. Loved it. Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent
A lavishly intricate, well-paced account of a great city lashed to the breaking point by a political perfect storm. New York Times
“Gary Krist has crafted a wild and appropriately explosive tale about mayhem, murder, corruption, and paranoia…This taut, hour-by-hour account of twelve days that forever changed the city will thrill history buffs and fiction fans alike.” Karen Abbott, bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose
“A lavishly intricate, well-paced account of a great city lashed to the breaking point by a political perfect storm.” New York Times
“Spectacular and vivid…City of Scoundrels hits with the force of Lake Michigan’s winds.” Washington Post
“A lavishly intricate, well-paced account of a great city lashed to the breaking point by a political perfect storm.” New York Times Book Review
“Krist serves up a solid, well-informed, and vibrant slice of urban history.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Gary Krist

Author Bio: Gary Krist

Gary Krist has written for the New York Times, Esquire, Salon, the Washington Post Book World, and other publications. He is the author of the acclaimed The White Cascade as well as several works of fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English