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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (473 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. J. English Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“T.J. English has the mastered the hybrid narrative art form of social history and underworld thriller. The Savage City is a truly gripping read filled with unexpected twists and turns.”
—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge

In The Savage City, T.J. English, author of the New York Times bestselling blockbuster Havana Nocturne, takes readers back to a frightening place in a dark time of violence and urban chaos: New York City in the 1960s and early ’70s. As he did in his acclaimed true crime masterwork, The Westies, English focuses on the rot on the Big Apple in this stunning tale of race, murder, and a generation on the edge—as he interweaves the real-life sagas of a corrupt cop, a militant Black Panther, and an innocent young African American man framed by the NYPD for a series of crimes, including a brutal and sensational double murder.

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  • “T. J. English has the mastered the hybrid narrative art form of social history and underworld thriller. The Savage City is a truly gripping read filled with unexpected twists and turns. Highly recommended.”

    Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Savage City is a necessary examination of the people, passions, and maligned principles by which New York City once lived and died. English has a magnificent sense of the manner in which people, landscape, and history are bound together. Every world is a corner and every corner is a world.”

    Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[T. J. English] returns with a swashbuckling, racially charged nightmare about New York City in 1960s. This is one nightmare worth reliving because Mr. English so vividly re-creates an era…He graphically reconstructs a rampaging decade through three lives.”

    New York Times

  • “A brutal reminder that New York was not always such a welcoming place.”

    New York Post

  • “A searing profile of an ugly New York…The Savage City is meant to make us look back in anger and sorrow, perhaps to reflect upon what stayed the same as things changed.”

    New York Daily News

  • “It’s dripping with the kind of detail that’s too good to make up.”

    Mother Jones

  • “An epic look at the racial animus, fear, and hatred that characterized [a] troubled decade…Through the lives of three ostensibly unrelated men, English peels back the underlying turmoil that led to the violent period and the unaddressed social ills that remain to this day.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “English paints a vivid, gritty panorama of a city wracked by racial insurgency…A gripping, noirish retrospective of an era when brutal misrule sparked desperate rage.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A comprehensive, still-shocking exhumation of racial discord in America.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the April 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction
  • A 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlie | 2/19/2014

    " The Savage City, by T.J. English, is a great non-fiction book for older audiences due to the crimes, language, and other stuff. I would recommend this book to people who like topics about the civil right movement and/or love to learn about history from other views. It is a very interesting book and keeps you sucked in for ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dawn Hansen | 2/17/2014

    " This book was well written and informative. I learned a great deal about this era in NYC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lumumba Shakur | 2/14/2014

    " This is book is far better than I had originally expected. I was hoping it would give me some insight into the environment around which my parents grew up that lead them to join the Black/Brown Power Movement - it did that and so much more. This book is a fascinating documentation of the generational shift that occurred as the Civil Rights Movement moved north and entered into metropolitan areas. It is not just a tale of corruption and violent revolution, but a city at a time when the racial tensions boiled over and exploded. The South had Jim Crow, the North had a system of racial oppression that was in its own ways more profound and devastating to the underprivileged communities. If this book does nothing other than debunk the continued social lie that the South is where racism was rooted, it would be enough. Though somewhat of a true-life crime novel, this book should stand alongside The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and other such works devoted to explaining how alive and well institutional racism still is in contemporary America. If people don't make the connection between then and now, they have missed English's entire point. The detail and thorough of this book is amazing and the way that English gives the living history of a generation through the real-life, personal experiences of three individuals is brilliant. It is an eye-opener and is definitively on my recommended reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting tale of lost history "

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