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Tom's Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend
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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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
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.