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Sin in the Second City by  Karen Abbott - First Edition; First Printing - 2007 - from Novel Ideas Books (SKU: 171312)

Sin in the Second City

Sin in the Second City by  Karen Abbott - First Edition; First Printing - 2007 - from Novel Ideas Books (SKU: 171312)
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Sin in the Second City

by Abbott, Karen

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ISBN 13
9781400065301
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New York: Random House. Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2007. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 9781400065301 . Bottom of spine slightly bumped. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 356 pages .

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Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history--and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago's notorious Levee district at the dawn of the last century, the Club's proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh "butterflies" awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot's earnings and kept a "whipper" on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and even tutored in the literature of Balzac.Not everyone appreciated the sisters' attempts to elevate the industry. Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters' most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"--the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House, including the formation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, "Hinky Dink" Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters, their world-famous Club, and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to twentieth-century modernity.Visit www.sininthesecondcity.com to learn more!Praise for Sin in the Second City:"Assiduously researched... [Sin in the Second City] describes a popular culture awash in wild tales of sexual abuse, crusading reformers claiming God on their side, and deep suspicion of the threat posed by "foreigners" to the nation's Christian values." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Lavish in her details, nicely detached in her point of view, [and with] scrupulous concern for historical accuracy, Ms. Abbott has written an immensely readable book. Sin in the Second City offers much in the way of reflection for those interested in the unending puzzle that goes by the name of human nature." -- The Wall Street Journal "Abbott's first book is meticulously researched and entertaining... a colorful history of old Chicago that reads like a novel." --The Atlanta Journal Constitution"With gleaming prose and authoritative knowledge Abbott elucidates one of the most colorful periods in American history, and the result reads like the very best fiction. Sex, opulence, murder -- What's not to love?" -- Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants"A detailed and intimate portrait of the Ritz of brothels, the famed Everleigh Club of turn-of-the-century Chicago. Sisters Minna and Ada attracted the elites of the world to such glamorous chambers as the Room of 1,000 Mirrors, complete with a reflective floor....

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Bookseller
Novel Ideas Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
171312
Title
Sin in the Second City
Author
Abbott, Karen
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
1400065305
ISBN 13
9781400065301
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
2007
LCCN
2006051878
Keywords
9781400065301
Bookseller catalogs
Illinois History;

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