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Low life : lures and snares of old New York

Author: Luc Sante
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Farrar, Straus Giroux pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"This is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity. This is not the familiar saga of mansions, avenues, and robber barons, but the messy, turbulent, often murderous story of the city's slums; the teeming streets - scene of innumerable cons and crimes whose cramped and overcrowded housing is still a prominent feature of the cityscape. It voyages through Manhattan  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Luc Sante
ISBN: 9780374528997 0374528993
OCLC Number: 973661781
Notes: Originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1991.
Description: xxii, 432 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Luc Sante.

Abstract:

"This is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity. This is not the familiar saga of mansions, avenues, and robber barons, but the messy, turbulent, often murderous story of the city's slums; the teeming streets - scene of innumerable cons and crimes whose cramped and overcrowded housing is still a prominent feature of the cityscape. It voyages through Manhattan from four different directions. Part One examines the actual topography of Manhattan from 1840 to 1919; Part Two, the era's opportunities for vice and entertainment - theatres and saloons, opium and cocaine dens, gambling and prostitution; Part Three investigates the forces of law and order which did and didn't work to contain the illegalities; Part Four counterposes the city's tides of revolt and idealism against the city as it actually was."--Global Books in Print.

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