From Library Journal
Hudson, New York, population 8000, is a town whose handsome Colonial and Victorian architecture boasts a grander past. Hudson was first an important port and then a successful industrial city. One of its most lucrative industries was prostitution, and from the 1780s until state police closed down its operations in 1950, Hudson was known far and wide as the place to go for a good time. This work chronicles the history of prostitution in Hudson, along with the social conditions and political corruption that allowed it to flourish. Hall has produced a lively and engaging local history, written in a conspiratorial tone that immediately draws in the reader. His liberal use of anecdotes gleaned from interviews and personal papers and 40 period photographs enliven this tale of sin in a small town. Essential for regional collections and an entertaining addition to social history collections.Wendy Knickerbocker, Rhode Island Coll. Lib., Providence
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Some of his anecdotes are hilarious. Diamond Street is a gem. -- The Hudson Valley Regional Review
This small city on the banks of the Hudson River is casting a nostalgic eye back to its bawdy history. -- The New York Times