The Savage City: Race, Murder and a Generation on the Edge

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Mainstream Publishing, Apr 7, 2011 - Social Science - 528 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - Joe V - Goodreads

The author of Paddy Whacked and Havana Nocturne turns his attention to New York City during the turbulent 1960's - specifically 1963-1973. English narrates a fascinating story of the "city that never ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

T.J. English is a noted journalist and screenwriter and the author of several books including The Havana Mob and Old Bones and Shallow Graves.

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