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The Shame of the Cities

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First printed more than a century ago, this muckraking classic attacked corrupt election practices and shady dealings in businesses and city governments across the nation. Taking a hard look at the unprincipled lives of political bosses, police corruption, graft payments, and other notorious political abuses of the time, the book set the style for future investigative repo ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published January 1st 1957 by Hill and Wang
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May 27, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: muckraker-expose
I started reading this a few years ago and found it distant and dry and fairly non-specific. My interest in the muckrakers, however, means that I will give it another go someday.
Frank Stein
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's great to read the old purple prose of the muckrakers, but halfway through this book the reader may pine for a little hard-nosed, modern reporting, mayhaps a few dates, a little clarification on names; you know, the simple things.

Interesting though because despite the Jacob Riis photo on the cover, the "shame" of the cities in Steffens's view has nothing to do with rampant poverty. His book deals only with high-end corruption, and the "shame" supposedly comes from the inability of good citiz
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: political, history
It would be easy to become jaded after reading this book. Although written over 100 years ago it is just as truthful today regarding corruption in the cities. Pravda, the Russian newspaper, recently wrote an editorial about the illiterate American voters. We confirm the editorial every time there is an election. We elect a president that no one knows anything about then, after doing nothing for four years, re-elect him. His followers are the most corrupt ever. One good thought that the author br ...more
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: americana
This is one of my favorite books because it puts political corruption to a whole new light. I wonder what Lincoln Steffens would write regarding Republicans of the Bush Administrations.
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Steffens was born April 6, 1866, in San Francisco. He grew up in a wealthy family and attended a military academy. He studied in France and Germany following graduation from the University of California.
Steffens began his career as a journalist at the New York Evening Post . He later became an editor of McClure's magazine, where he became part of a celebrated muckraking trio with Ida Tarbell an
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