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Description - The Wicked City by Curt Johnson

The Wicked City is an account of Chicagos vice, crime, capitalism, and corruption from Pierre the Mole, who sold whiskey to the Indians, through Jonny Torrio and Al Capone, who bootlegged a Great Lakes worth of booze during the Roaring Twenties. Chicagos drive for wealth and power in this fifty-year span are evoked through the spirited accounts of the careers of its leading tycoonssuch as Charles Yerkes, Marshall Field, George Pullman, and Big Bill Thompsonand its leading gangsters: the Terrible Gennas, Jim Colosino, Dion OBanion, Diamond Joe Esposito, Johnny Torrio, and Al Capone. The Chicago portrayed here is raw, real, and vital; its raucousness, lawlessness, ebullience, and greed become poetic.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306808210
ISBN-10: 0306808218
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 406
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Curt Johnson

Curt Johnson has published five novels and over sixty short stories, including selections of the O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories. In addition, he has edited four anthologies of fiction and published four books of nonfiction. He lives in Chicago.

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Encyclopedia of Military Biography by Curt Johnson
Hardback, December 1992