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Once Upon a Time in New York: Jimmy Walker, Franklin Roosevelt & the Last Great Battle of the Jazz Age
The Jazz Age in New York -- a legendary time in America's liveliest town. Flappers and speakeasies. Gangsters and gun molls. Organized crime and its handmaiden: political corruption. Almost everybody and everything had a price. It was a great time to be a politician in power -- if you knew how to play the game. It was also a time of larger-than-life personalities. Two men,...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 5th 2000 by Free Press
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Gambler who fixed 1919 world series Arnold "The Brain" Rothstein gunned down at Lindy's...Investigation leads to corruption in adminstration of Mayor Jimmy Walker and Tammany Hall...Franklin Roosevelt, white knight governor of New York moves in on to clean up corrupt New York City on his way to making it big in the White House!
The once great reach of Tammany Hall came to an abrupt end during Franklin Roosevelt's time in the White House. FDR proved that he was above dirty politics and as a mayor from upstate New York, was out of reach from Tammany's influence. Jimmy Walker, mayor of New York City, was perceived as a true New Yorker who remained in the hearts of every New Yorker even when he was brought to court and lived abroad avoiding the Feds. Unlike Al Capone, Walker was never found guilty and Tammany Hall was in s...more
Former president of Authors Guild and the Authors League Fund, worked for authors' rights. Using the Freedom of Information Act, exposed the FBI's following of authors for political reasons, such as supporting civil rights for African-Americans.More about Herbert Mitgang...