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 - Barbikat60 - Goodreads
This book gave me immense clarity about a period of time in which I was too young to comprehend. I was exposed to some of it but I never knew just how bad it was. This book should be taught in schools ... Read full review
Review: The Savage CityUser Review - Mike Lindgren - Goodreads
True-crime maven English captures New York's decade-long slide into political violence, corruption, and chaos during the years 1963–1973. The topic matter is in my wheelhouse, and English has shaped ... Read full review