Wicked Charleston: The Dark Side of the Holy City
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Wicked Charleston: The Dark Side of the Holy City

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A beautiful Southern city distinguished by its opulent homes, towering church steeples and hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina, has long been associated with the genteel side of Southern living. However, beyond the outward appearances that most people associate with Charleston, there is another side that most visitors and residents would dare not believe is part of the...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by History Press
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Having lived in the city of Charleston for 14 years, I was aware of some of the wicked events that were detailed in the book. I had heard of the Lavinia Fischer story but the account I had heard was way more creepy. I also liked the pirate stories. I have been inside the Charleston exchange and toured the dungeon where the pirates were held. I knew of Anne Bonney and Mary Read, but I did not realize that they were lovers.
I wish that I had read the book when I lived there because it gave the str...more
James Caskey
Ever read a book and wish you had written it? Here's one of the best books about Charleston that I've ever read. Even with a re-read, it's still surprising how unbelievably and delightfully sinful the history of the 'Holy City' really is. No ghosts (although there is a great chapter about Lavinia Fisher), but enough sex, scandal, and good ol' fashioned deviance to make you never look at the place the same way ever again. Written in an engaging and entertaining style, the author combines a histor...more
Sarah Vied
I found the book extremely interesting, especially since I've been living in Charleston for the past few years. I've always been drawn to Charleston because of its rich history, but had no idea about all of the debauchery and the city's drunkenness in its formative years. I felt myself imagining significant or interesting historical events that took place as described in the book and where all of the present day locations are. Charleston has so much history, but it was really cool to hear about...more
I picked up this copy of Wicked Charleston in preparation for skyring's visit in Australia. I'm hoping to be able to ask the author to sign it, and also hoping to take skyring on the Wicked Charleston tour. Seems like it would be his cuppa!

Any book that begans with the quote: "A man with an erection heeds no advice," has got to be a fun read.

Wicked Charleston is the history of drinking, prostitution, murder, wayward ministers, lesbian pirates and crime & punishment of Charleston, SC from 167...more
Charlene Connors
Reading this book is like opening a treasure chest; one in which the author, Mark R. Jones, shares his love of Charleston and its history.
The city is lovingly described its scents, colors, architecture, the people. The flavor of this southern city is on every page. The story of the Jenkins Orphange Legacy and how instrumental it is in the emergence of Jazz is fascinating. This is a book every jazz lover, southern history buff, or someone looking for a really interestng and fun book should read....more
Lucienne wells
This book was written by a tour guide for the city of Charleston, SC, and it definately has that type of feel to it, but I really liked it. With such great chapters as "Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper- the Greatest Whoremaster," and pirate stories, what's not to like! I'm not really sure how to recomend this one, if you've been to Charleston- read it. If you haven't... read it if you like short, odd, historiaclly accurate tales then you should read it too.
Meh. This was okay, and certainly enlightened me to just how violent South Carolina was during the early 1900s, but it didn't go into very much detail. Each case write-up was only a few pages long. I wish it had been more in-depth.
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“The main difference between a lawyer and a prostitute is that a prostitute won't screw you after you're dead.” 3 likes
“During the settling of the American colonies, it was said that the Spaniards would first build a church, the Dutch would first build a fort and the English a tavern. Welcome to Charleston, an English colony founded in 1670.” 1 likes
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