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Just after noon on September 16, 1920, as hundreds of workers poured onto Wall Street for their lunchtime break, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded in a spray of metal and fire, turning the busiest corner of the financial center into a war zone. Thirty-nine people died and hundreds more lay wounded, making the Wall Street explosion the worst terrorist attack to that point in U.S. history. In The Day Wall Street Exploded, Beverly Gage tells the story of that once infamous but now largely forgotten event.
December 17, 1921
New York Daily News
September 17, 1920
Starred Review. On September 16, 1920, 81 years before 9/11, America experienced its first modern terrorist attack, a car bomb in the heart of New York's financial district that killed dozens, injured hundreds and was never solved. Writer and historian Gage presents a gripping account of class war and violence during the turn of the 20th century with deep resonance in the current state of the Union. A long time coming, 1919 saw a series of strikes sweep the country-including policemen, steel workers, miners, and a five-day general strike in Seattle-accompanied by a bombing campaign; 30 mail bombs were sent to prominent financiers, industrialists, and politicians in April 1919 alone. FBI director William J. Flynn, head of the Wall Street bombing investigation, believed members of an anti-capitalist anarchist sect were to blame, and sought unsuccesfully to condemn them with flimsy evidence (prompting muckraker Upton Sinclair to label Flynn a "self interested liar"). Weaving the story of the explosion and botched investigation with a masterful account of labor unrest over preceding decades, this is a highly relevant, hard to put down history of terror and civil liberties in America.
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I'm somewhat interested in the subject of criminal and terrorist acts in a historical context, and this book, describing one of the central acts of terror of the Gilded Age, the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David W. Nicholas
Great book interesting comparison to nyc reaction in 1920 v 2001. In 1920 it was get on with thing no year memorial or permanent marker. Never solved. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Irish mick
I first heard about this incident during a recent "Wall Street Financial Crisis" tour and wanted to learn more about it. This book is just what I was looking for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stan57
Somewhat of a meandering account providing great detail about the political intrigues the hampered investigations into the yet unsolved crime. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rich72
Very good read and full of information and knowledge, but gets somewhat confusing of who did what and when for more than half a century. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RLHurd
Right at noon, on September 16, 1920, an explosion occurred in the center of Wall Street, in New York City, right between J.P. Morgan Bank and the U.S. Treasury. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
It is often said that history repeats itself. Certainly, this thought came to me as I read Beverly Gage's "The Day Wall Street Exploded". Read morePublished 23 months ago by Andrew Desmond