American Monsters: Forty-four Rats, Blackhats and Plutocrats

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Jack Newfield, Mark Jacobson
Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004 - History - 377 pages
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Among our most celebrated and notorious Americans, these monsters are the corrupt, greedy, power-mad, and vicious betrayers of the dreams of fair play and equal opportunity, the practitioners of a catalog of anti-democratic vice: from anti-Semitism and union-busting to racism and murder. Organized in Dantesque circles, American Monsters remembers history a little differently than it is taught in school. Indian exterminator President Andrew Jackson, Jew-baiting propagandist Henry Ford, and nearly forty other malefactors whose evil cores have been relegated to footnotes, are brought to account. From Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Roger Taney, to robber barons and captains of industry like Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie; from Ezra Pound and Col. Tom Parker to cops and criminals like Alan Pinkerton and Charles Manson, American Monsters is provocative and entertaining history that you won’t read anywhere else. With specially commissioned essays by veteran chroniclers such as Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Ishmael Reed, Steve Earle, Danny Schechter, Nat Hentoff, James Ridgeway, Joe Conason, Michael Wolff, Danny Goldberg, Will Blythe, and Legs McNeil, this collection of national malfeasance—edited by award-winning columnist Jack Newfield—holds up a dark mirror to the national character.

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Review: American Monsters: 44 Rats, Blackhats, and Plutocrats

User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

Collection of themed articles on Americans that were "bad" in some way or another, generally hurting lots of people or setting back the country's development. Great way to get an alternative view of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leonard Pierce - Goodreads

This is a series of short essays by a number of well-known writers about the great Bad Men of American history, from serial killers to corrupt politicians. Obviously, the quality varies depending on the writer, but as a whole, it's worth a weekend. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Jack Newfield has written for "The Village Voice," the "New York Daily News," "The New York Post," and is currently a Senior Fellow at "The Nation" magazine. He is the author of, among other books, "Robert Kennedy," "City for Sale" (with Wayne Barrett), and "Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King," His documentary on Don King for PBS received an Emmy Award in 1992. He lives with his wife Janie Eisenberg in Greenwich Village.

Jacobson has been a contributing editor to New York and Rolling Stone, a staff writer at The Village Voice, and a columnist for Esquire.

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