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: Anarchy and Murder in Ragtime America

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In 1910 the Los Angeles Times building was destroyed in a terrorist attack during a wave of labor unrest, and the resulting investigation and trial brings together Billy Burns, the most famous private ... Read full review

Review: American Lightning: Anarchy and Murder in Ragtime America

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Turner Classic Movies had a recent TV series on the history of movies in the US It was interesting to compare this book to that series, even more so since I was experiencing both at the same time. 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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