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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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

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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

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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