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All around the town
Asbury, Herbert, 1891-1963.
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Publication Information:
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally printed in 1934 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

"A sequel to The gangs of New York"--Cover.

Includes index.
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F128.37 .A74 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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The author of the New York Times best-seller The Gangs of New York returns with a second volume of tales from Gotham's underworld. In this wonderfully colorful and surprising history, Herbert Asbury expands his purview beyond the Five Corners to the entire city of New York. From Lord Cornbury, a loonily corrupt, cross-dressing British governor of colonial days, to the Broadway pickpocket who built herself a mansion in Hoboken, where she set herself up as European royalty, to prohibitionistCarry Nation's first visit to a scornful city of saloons (and her memorable confrontation with the drunken John L. Sullivan), All Around the Town brings to vivid life a memorable range of characters, grifters, murderers, and madmen. Rediscovering a fascinating array of lost corners in the history of the city, Asbury shows that today's tabloid headlines have nothing on the daily goings-on 150 years ago. From "The Sawing-Off of Manhattan Island" to "The Wickedest Man in New York" to "The Flour Riot of 1837," these twenty-three lively and accessible accounts make for top-notch, eccentric popular history as told by a master.

Author Notes

Herbert Asbury (1891-1963) was a prolific journalist, editor, newspaperman, and author of The Gangs of New York, The Barbary Coast, The French Quarter, Sucker's Progress, The Gangs of Chicago, and other books.

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Library Journal Review

This is Asbury's1934 follow-up to Gangs of New York, which had a recent ride on the New York Times best sellers list thanks to the film adaptation. This volume also profiles murder and mayhem in 19th-century Gotham. The old days weren't always good. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.