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, the city’s highest
ambitions 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
Meticulously researched yet expertly paced, City of Scoundrels captures the
tumultuous birth of the modern American city, with all of its light and dark
aspects in vivid relief. Download and start listening now!