All Around the Town
Murder, Scandal, Riot and Mayhem in Old New York
By (author) Herbert Asbury
All Around the Town by Herbert Asbury
Book DescriptionThe author of the New York Times best-seller The Gangs of New York returns with a second volume of tales from Gotham's underworld. In this wonderfully colorful and surprising history, Herbert Asbury expands his purview beyond the Five Corners to the entire city of New York. From Lord Cornbury, a loonily corrupt, cross-dressing British governor of colonial days, to the Broadway pickpocket who built herself a mansion in Hoboken, where she set herself up as European royalty, to prohibitionist Carry Nation's first visit to a scornful city of saloons (and her memorable confrontation with the drunken John L. Sullivan), All Around the Town brings to vivid life a memorable range of characters, grifters, murderers, and madmen. Rediscovering a fascinating array of lost corners in the history of the city, Asbury shows that today's tabloid headlines have nothing on the daily goings-on 150 years ago. From "The Sawing-Off of Manhattan Island" to "The Wickedest Man in New York" to "The Flour Riot of 1837," these twenty-three lively and accessible accounts make for top-notch, eccentric popular history as told by a master.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781560255215
(229mm x 153mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Herbert Asbury
Gangs of New Orleans, Paperback (March 2004)
The New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. This title chronicles the immense underbelly of 'The Big Easy'.
Gangs of Chicago, Paperback (June 2003)
Tells how the Chicago underworld earned its notorious reputation, from the time it was settled to the Prohibition days of the 1920s. With photographs, this history of crime climaxes with the city's golden age of crime and an account of the careers of the Big Shots - Big Jim Colosimo, Terrible Johnny Torrio, and the elusive Al Capone.
French Quarter, Paperback (February 2003)
This long out-of-print chronicle of the sordid history of New Orleans's underworld by Asbury ("The Gangs of New York") chronicles the city's history as the first gambling capital in the United States, its bordellos, and its violent street crime.
Gangs of New York, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by Herbert Asbury
Life in mid-19 century New York was tough, and violence and corruption were rife. Two gangs, the Dead Rabbits and the Native Americans, were locked in an endless battle for supremacy. Amsterdam Vallon, son of the Rabbits' murdered leader, is seeking vengeance for his father's death at the hands of Bill 'The Butcher'.
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Author Biography - Herbert Asbury
Herbert Asbury (18911963) was a prolific journalist, editor, newspaperman, and author of The Gangs of New York, The Barbary Coast, The French Quarter, Sucker s Progress, The Gangs of Chicago, and other books."
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