American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century

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Thorndike Press, Jan 1, 2009 - History - 509 pages
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An unforgettable tale of murder, deceit, celebrity, media manipulation, and film as propaganda, when the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building exposed the deadly "national dynamite plot" by trade unionists to terrorize America with one-hundred bombings in a doomed attempt to force capitalism to its knees. The relentless pursuit, capture, trial, and punishment of the bombers made a national hero of America's Sherlock Holmes, master detective Billy Burns, and entangled crusading defense lawyer Clarence Darrow in a reckless, nearly career-ending scheme to bribe witnesses and jurors and throttle justice.

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Review: American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood & the Crime of the Century

User Review  - Dkeslin - Goodreads

Starting with a bomb that was set in the Los Angeles Times building, this nonfiction thriller leads to a veiled plot across the whole united states involving labor unions and leads to a trial ... Read full review

Review: American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood & the Crime of the Century

User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

The build-up and the crime investigation were really interesting. The end result of what actually did happen to this "crime of the century" was beyond disappointing. And his throwing DW Griffith into the storyline felt more than a bit forced. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Howard Blum is the author of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning, as well as Wanted!, The Gold Exodus, Gangland, and, most recently, The Floor of Heaven. Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. While at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He lives in Connecticut and is the father of three children.

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