"Thanks to a new book by Scott Zesch, the rampage of gunfire and lynch law that convulsed Los Angeles in 1871 is not likely to be overlooked again. Zesch has written an authoritative and compelling account of a major event in the history of the American West. His vantage point is an unconventional one, however, adding to the significance of The Chinatown War and the power of its narrative." --California Literary Review
"A powerful look at The Chinatown War. Scott Zesch skillfully reexamines an 1871 massacre of Chinese residents in a Los Angeles undergoing great change, and questions whether the right lessons have been learned." --Los Angeles Times
"The Chinatown War
is an extremely readable account that will shed important light on this largely unknown but important chapter in U.S. history. In many ways, its engaging prose, clear organization, and short chapters offer an excellent model for academic historians interested in writing for more general audiences." --The Journal of American History
About the Author
is the author of The Captured
, which won the 2007 Ray Allen Billington Award and TCU Texas Book Award. He lives in Mason County, Texas, and New York City.