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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: "Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans" by Gary Krist

Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.
                                                                                                       *(summary courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review:
In one of my rare non-fiction moods, I decided to read Empire of Sin. For all of you out there, you either love or hate history; I myself love it as long as it interests me. And New Orleans is no exception.
I don't know what it is about New Orleans that attracts so many people; maybe it's the voodoo/hoodoo heritage, the French/Spanish architecture, or perhaps the Gator Gumbo! Whatever the reason, prepare to learn some really interesting history of the Crescent City covering about thirty years around the turn of the century. Gary Krist seems to have really done his homework on everyone's favorite mysterious city (or at least my favorite). You'll turn these pages faster than you can say "Marie LaVeau".
432 pages
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Crown

Rating: 🔔🔔🔔🔔  
Recommend?  Especially if you favor history, but even if you don't you  
                            might like this book.


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