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Tom's Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The Pendergast machine rose to power riding the industrial and business boom of the 1920s, strengthened its grip during the chaos of the depression years, and grew fat and arrogant during the spending spree that followed.  It fell apart in a fantastic series of crimes, including voting fraud and tax evasion, that shocked the nation and resulted in the incarceration of Tom ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by University of Missouri
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Dan
Dec 01, 2007 Dan rated it it was amazing
I read this book a while back but recently picked it up again to look something up for an article I was writing and remembered how great it was, so decided to read the whole thing again. It might just be my strong Midwest bias, but I think that if this book were about the Tammany Hall machine in New York instead of the Pendergast machine in Kansas City, Missouri, it would be considered a classic nationwide instead of just regionally. At any rate this book has it all--bad guys with names like "So ...more
Walt
Jan 20, 2009 Walt rated it it was ok
I was hoping the book would have more to do with the underworld; but, alas, it focused almost entirely on politics. However, if machine politics is your interest, this is one of the better books available about Tom Pendergast.
Joel
Jun 04, 2008 Joel rated it liked it
This is a very thorough history of Kansas City in the first half of the 20th century. It's packed with a ton of great anecdotes, but is a very dense and cumbersome read. Strictly for history buffs and KC aficionados.
Jen
Jul 21, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
Reddig comes close to suggesting that Pendergast wasn't your typical political boss because he had KCs best interest at heart and really never had any national aspirations. I whole hardedly agree!! Pendergast loved KC and knew what was best for it!
John Acy Reinhart
Feb 02, 2014 John Acy Reinhart rated it liked it
A more modern history of Kansas City's political and crime boss Tom Pendergast is long overdue. This is an imperfect work, and the writing is dated, yet the history of this toddlin' town remains a compelling story.
Julie
Jul 17, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok
well sort of read it...it was a tough one to get through. Actually I didn't make it, the library wanted it back and I wanted to move on.
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An academic account of the rise and "fall" of American Big Boss politics in the midewest
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