Friday, June 15, 2012
City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
Characters. History can come alive when a writer fleshes out particular characters and tells an engaging story of their lives and time. Gary Krist enlivens the characters in his book, City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago. Set over the course of a dozen days in 1919, Krist tells of a dirigible crash in the central business district, a race riot at a hot beach, the murder of a child and a transit strike. Since this is set in Chicago, some of the liveliest characters are the politicians. This is a great story and it is well told. Readers who like history, especially those with an interest in Chicago, are those most likely to enjoy this book. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase City of Scoundrels from amazon.com.