The Savage City

The Savage City

Race, Murder, and A Generation on the Edge

Book - 2011
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"A major new work from the New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne and The Westies: Through the stories of three desperate men--an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop, and a militant Black Panther--T.J. English tells the story of race, violence, and urban chaos in 1960s New York City"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2011
ISBN: 9780062074966
0062074962
9780061824586
0061824585
9780061824555
0061824550
Branch Call Number: 364.109747 ENGLISH
Characteristics: xxi, 474 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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athompson10 Jun 22, 2014

Good storytelling of a gripping, unsettling time in the city's history. Unfortunately the book is let down by sloppy fact-checking and editing - Clarksdale MS is NOT 240 miles from midtown Manhattan, the four girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing were NOT between the ages of 4-6, the phrase "had hid" (as in a person had been hiding in a closet during a police action) is horrific English. The lazy editing made me question the validity of other facts and dates in the book.

mikeyppl Jan 05, 2012

I remember the events in this book very well. The author has done a great job in retelling this story.

nutty7688 Nov 14, 2011

A great story about a young black man accused of murder, rape, and more. The New York City Police and their habitual lies and corruption.

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marishkajuko
Sep 08, 2011

A fantastic overview of race relations in 1960's NYC. The book tells the interconnecting stories of George Whitmore, the Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, the Nation of Islam, NYPD corruption (Bill Phillips), race riots, the Black Liberation Army, and Dhoruba Bin Wahad. Well written, researched, engaging and reflective on the era.

debwalker Apr 04, 2011

"The Savage City is a fascinating chronicle of a brutal decade in the history of New York City. The story begins in 1963 with a double murder and then continues through the city's difficult struggle with the emerging civil rights movement. Alternating chapters follow a falsely accused black male, a dirty cop, and a rising member of the Black Panther Party, and together portray a time when corruption ruled. Readers are led through 10 years of murder, rape, race riots, and back door deals until, finally, real justice can begin to prevail."--Daphne Safrit, Literary Book Post, Salisbury, N.C.

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Sep 08, 2011

marishkajuko thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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