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The Art of Making Money by Jason Kersten
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Jul 02, 2010

it was amazing
Read from June 20 to July 02, 2010

loved this book. having spent the first 30 years of my life living in chicago and cook country suburbs, i love kersten's attention to detail of naming off intersections, neighborhoods, specific locations, etc. i guess maybe i'm a bit nostalgic and home sick since i don't live there any more.

but even that connection aside, i still think it was written very well and was interesting.

my only comment is that kersten sensationalized a bit the nature of bridgeport. he commented several times that Bridgeport (and the housing project williams group in) was one of the roughest, most dangerous neighborhoods in the entire US and many of the reviews make reference to this also (most probably just regurgitating what they read as opposed to having any experience with chicago's neighborhoods), stating the same thing, i disagree.

Sure, Bridgeport was a tough and ruthless neighborhood as it related to organized crime, but i can think of many neighborhoods with more violent crime in that 80s-90s era: Cabrini Green, robert taylor homes, the entire west side, east rogers park, Englewood, humboldt park, etc.


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