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L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

John Buntin

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Prose: non-fiction, History of the Americas, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

The epic struggle for control of Los Angeles and the history of the 30s, 40s, and 50s in America s dream city, beginning when the end of Prohibition left organized crime looking for a new way to make a living. Now a TNT original series MOB CITY.

Mid-century Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America," a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world s most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men one L.A. s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.

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Praise for L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

  • 'Important and wonderfully enjoyable .A highly original and altogether splendid history that can be read for sheer pleasure and belongs on the shelf of indispensable books about America's most debated and least understood cities ..Utterly compelling reading.' Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles Times

  • Fascinating ... flat out entertaining - Michael Connelly

  • A highly original and altogether splendid history ... utterly compelling - Los Angeles Times - Tim Rutten

  • Buntin has unearthed in the history of 20th-century L.A. a pervasive criminality that is far more appalling than anything to be found even in the most brutal novels of James Ellroy. - Washington Post - Jonathan Yardley

  • Completely entertaining ... a colourful and entirely different take on the vices of Tinseltown. - Daily Beast - Gerald Posner

  • Dragnet, One Adam Twelve, Police Story, LA Confidential all rolled into one captivating book. Buntin nails it in this great read. - LAPD Chief William Bratton

  • Fascinating ... flat out entertaining - Michael Connelly

  • A highly original and altogether splendid history ... utterly compelling - Los Angeles Times - Tim Rutten

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