The Wicked City: Chicago from Kenna to Capone

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Da Capo Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
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The Wicked City is an account of Chicago’s 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 Lake’s worth of booze during the Roaring Twenties. Chicago’s drive for wealth and power in this fifty-year span are evoked through the spirited accounts of the careers of its leading tycoons—such as Charles Yerkes, Marshall Field, George Pullman, and Big Bill Thompson—and its leading gangsters: the Terrible Gennas, Jim Colosino, Dion O’Banion, 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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Fiction writer Johnson (Song for Three Voices, LJ 5/1/85) has created a raucous, sprawling mural of Chicago from 1880 to 1931, with chapters on Theodore Dreiser and jazz contributed by Sautter ... Read full review

Contents

WHY NOT?
7
DYNASTS
13
THE BUILDERS
25
GUAPPO
41
SILK STOCKINGS
49
BROTHER THEO
57
SISTERS
73
RUFFIANO
81
THE PRIVILEGED
181
III
193
REASONABLE FELLOWS
205
ZENITH
217
SWAN SONGS
229
FOURSQUARE
239
THE LAST GOOD YEAR
251
PERF1DIA 1
277

KID BLACKIE
91
NOBODYS FOOL
97
II
109
SUCCESSION
117
COMPARES
125
POLITICOS
137
THE WHEATON ICE MAN
153
HES IRISH HIT HIM AGAIN
161
ARRIVEDERCI
173
THE FIRST REALLY BAD YEAR
293
POWER
307
HUNGER
327
NADIR
333
TIME AND CHANCE
345
CHILD OF THE ROMANS
355
BIBLIOGRAPHY
376
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About the author (1998)

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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