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Island of Vice by Richard Zacks
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Mar 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: history-american
Read from March 16 to 18, 2012

Fun look at Roosevelt's fight with corruption and vice. It made him few friends--particularly with the working-class immigrants who he denied the right to a cold drink on a hot Sunday--their only day off. Roosevelt felt, rightly or wrongly, that laws could not be selectively enforced. Laws could be changed but until they were, they should be enforced. So he fought to close saloons and bars on Sundays in enforcement of blue laws. He got his coveted appointment to the Navy at least in part because they wanted him out of NY politics! His own party blamed him for putting the Tammany Hall politicians back in office. But NYers wanted their fun and if graft was part of the deal, well then so be it.
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Ian "Marvin" Graye This book appeals to my dual interests in doomed quests and sin loving New York.

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