The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jan 28, 2009 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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Just after noon on September 16, 1920, as hundreds of workers poured onto Wall Street for their lunchtime break, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded in a spray of metal and fire, turning the busiest corner of the financial center into a war zone. Thirty-nine people died and hundreds more lay wounded, making the Wall Street explosion the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history until the Oklahoma City bombing. In The Day Wall Street Exploded, Beverly Gage tells the story of that once infamous but now largely forgotten event. Based on thousands of pages of Bureau of Investigation reports, this historical detective saga traces the four-year hunt for the perpetrators, a worldwide effort that spread as far as Italy and the new Soviet nation. It also gives readers the decades-long but little-known history of homegrown terrorism that helped to shape American society a century ago. The book delves into the lives of victims, suspects, and investigators: world banking power J.P. Morgan, Jr.; labor radical "Big Bill" Haywood; anarchist firebrands Emma Goldman and Luigi Galleani; "America's Sherlock Holmes," William J. Burns; even a young J. Edgar Hoover. It grapples as well with some of the most controversial events of its day, including the rise of the Bureau of Investigation, the federal campaign against immigrant "terrorists," the grassroots effort to define and protect civil liberties, and the establishment of anti-communism as the sine qua non of American politics. Many Americans saw the destruction of the World Trade Center as the first major terrorist attack on American soil, an act of evil without precedent. The Day Wall Street Exploded reminds us that terror, too, has a history. Praise for the hardcover: "Outstanding." --New York Times Book Review "Ms. Gage is a storyteller...she leaves it to her readers to draw their own connections as they digest her engaging narrative." --The New York Times "Brisk, suspenseful and richly documented" --The Chicago Tribune "An uncommonly intelligent, witty and vibrant account. She has performed a real service in presenting such a complicated case in such a fair and balanced way." --San Francisco Chronicle
  

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Review: The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

User Review  - Joan - Goodreads

This is a wonderful piece of history! Not only has Beverly Gage researched parts of our history I was not fully aware of but she has written it in a most readable style. In addition her history from this period does what well written history must do, It illuminates the present. Read full review

Review: The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

User Review  - Goodreads

This is a wonderful piece of history! Not only has Beverly Gage researched parts of our history I was not fully aware of but she has written it in a most readable style. In addition her history from this period does what well written history must do, It illuminates the present. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
SEPTEMBER 16 1920
9
THE STORY OF DYNAMITE
39
A NATIONAL CRIME
123
FACCIA A FACCIA
205
THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION
259
In Memoriam
329
Acknowledgments
331
Note on Sources
333
Abbreviations Used in Notes
335
Notes
339
Index
387
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Beverly Gage teaches U.S. history at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Slate.com, The Nation, and The Washington Post. She has been featured as a guest commentator on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and in Time magazine.

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