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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, 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 Side basement.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • (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
  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sgilbert | 2/18/2014

    " Being from Chicago, this is a part of its history of which I knew absolutely nothing. How fun to learn more about this city and to recognize many of the places mentioned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dani | 2/14/2014

    " interesting history of the politics of Chicago and how 12 days changed the city. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to learn more about Chicago history following the World Exposition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Boyd Addlesperger | 2/3/2014

    " A truly frightening tale of chaos enveloping a major American city. An aviation disaster, a transit strike, the murder of a child and a race riot--all within 12 days. Good government....even semi-competent government might have ameliorated some of the effects of this tragic period, but politicians acting only in their own narrow self-interest allowed the city to turn in on itself with disastrous result. The truly frightening realization is that 1919 is not a hair's width away from today in historical terms. It could all happen again. It will happen again. Lax regulations, paid for politicians, overworked law enforcement, demonized public employees and a sad, fatal streak of racism all present themselves in today's America. A fuse waiting for a spark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Icia | 1/26/2014

    " This book is super dramatic. I love it, it keeps you learning and interested, I personally read it in 3 days. This is one I will definatley keep on my shelf and probabley be able to reread in a month or so. I enjoyed this book very much. "

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