The Savage City: Race, Murder and a Generation on the Edge
It was a time of hope and desperation, a time of reckoning . . .
In the early 1960s, the Mad Men era, a mood of menace gripped New York City. The crime rate was growing and violence was becoming a daily reality for citizens in every neighbourhood. At the centre of the unrest was a poisonous divide between two camps: the deeply corrupt and racist police of the era and the African American community.
Then, on 28 August 1963 - the day on which Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declared, 'I have a dream' - two young white women were murdered in their Manhattan apartment. The killings struck fear through the city and ignited a ten-year saga of racial violence and unrest.
An epic true-life story of murder, injustice and defiance, The Savage City draws on interviews with participants and extensive research to tell the stories of three very different New Yorkers - an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop and a militant Black Panther - and to explore this traumatic decade in the city's history.
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Review: The Savage CityUser Review - Richard - Goodreads
TJ English takes a look at racial strife and police corruption in New York City roughly between the years 1963 and 1973. I wasn't aware of any of the three main subjects that he profiled, and can't ... Read full review
Review: The Savage CityUser Review - Erin - Goodreads
a little over a year ago i saw this book at a shop in brooklyn and took a photo of its cover because it seemed like something i would be into. i thought it was a story about the career girls murders ... Read full review