Ron Chicaferro's Reviews > Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-loving New York

Island of Vice by Richard Zacks
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Apr 06, 12

Read in April, 2012

Absolutely fascinating account of New York politics at the turn of the 20th century. Teddy Roosevelt may have been a hot-head, but he did a lot to clean up a police force and city that was rife with corruption. This was the time of Tammany Hall; where bribery and corruption was the norm. The book is very well written with loads of information. Much of the data comes directly from court cases going on at that time. The arrest records and court case testimony are amazing to read. Its a wonder the city made it through this period in its history.
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