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CITY OF SCOUNDRELS The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago

by | Read by Rob Shapiro

History • 9.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2012

What shapes a city? In the case of Chicago, several catastrophic events almost 100 years ago helped form the Midwestern metropolis. In 1919, residents endured a horrific accident, massive riots, and a widening social-class system. Through it all was “Big Bill" Thompson, a political machine in the making. As Krist details the political and social climate of the day, Rob Shapiro’s steady narration gives the listener a feel for what Chicagoans had to endure. Shapiro doesn’t overdo the drama in this well-researched story about the city’s growing pains, Big Bill’s larger-than-life persona, and residents’ frustrations. Rather, he acts as an objective history teacher, letting the facts speak for themselves. M.B. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2012]



Digital Download • Random House Audio • 2012

DD ISBN 9780307917720 $20.00


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2012

CD ISBN 9780307917737 $45.00 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN 9780307917744 $85.50

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