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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (February 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596297875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596297876
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historian Thomas Keels tells many ribald stories in his new book, "Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love," including various methods of body snatching and murder.
--Marty Moss-Coane, Radio Times, WHYY-FM

"Wicked Philadelphia" does an excellent job of fusing history with humor to create an informative, inviting work that educates as well as entertains.
--Philadelphia Gay News

More About the Author

Tom Keels is the author of six published books on Philadelphia, with a seventh in progress:

-- Philadelphia's Golden Age of Retail (with Lawrence M. Arrigale). Arcadia Publishing, 2012.
-- Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love. The History Press, 2010.
-- Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City. Temple University Press, 2007.
-- Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries. Arcadia Publishing, 2003.
-- Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square (with Robert Morris Skaler). Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
-- Chestnut Hill (with Elizabeth Farmer Jarvis). Arcadia Publishing, 2002.

Tom is currently working on a book entitled Rainbow Cities, about Philadelphia's world's fairs, under contract to Temple University Press.

Besides his books, Tom is a lecturer, tour guide, writer, and commentator specializing in Philadelphia history and architecture.

Tom has spoken to the American Institute of Architects (Philadelphia chapter), American Revolution Roundtable, Chestnut Hill Historical Society, Curtis Institute of Music, Franklin Inn Club, Free Library of Philadelphia, Friends of Independence National Historical Park, Harvard Club of Philadelphia, Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Springfield Township Historical Society, and Union League of Philadelphia.

Recently, Tom appeared in "Philly Firsts," a documentary that premiered on PBS39 in June 2011. Other media appearances include Radio Times on WHYY-FM, Creatively Speaking on WRTI-FM, PA Books on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, Action News on WPVI-TV, and Good Day Philadelphia on FOX-TV. His articles have appeared in the Rittenhouse Sq. Revue, Germantown Crier, and many local newspapers.

Tom has been a tour guide at Laurel Hill Cemetery for over a decade. He has also given tours of the Woodlands, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, and other historic sites. He has conducted classes on Philadelphia cemetery history for the Bucks County Community College Historic Preservation Program, Cheltenham Township Adult School, and Mount Airy Learning Tree.

Visit Tom's web site at http://thomaskeels.com!

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The research is thorough and the stories are page-turners.
Donna McFadden
This book rounds out unseemly stories I have heard and snippets that have been alluded to in other more "proper" history volumes.
Kimberly Andrews
I have become completely obsessed with the tantalizing, unsolved 1923 murder of Dottie King!
Cintra E. Willcox

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan J. Nidock on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Tom Keels, in his newest book 'Wicked Philadelphia' has once again offered an excellent read on our great city's sketchy history, whether it be lost architecture, graveyards or brothels. The book spans several centuries of local anecdotes following William Penn's founding of his Quaker 'Holy Experiment' which he named Philadelphia, and contains stories that would have the reader either gasp or chuckle depending on one's particular bent at any given moment. Even as Penn's statue gazes upon urban parks, office buildings and row houses from atop city hall, it is especially poignant to read of robber barons, high society prostitutes and crooked politicians (nothing new here!) who have been the dark undercurrent alongside well intentioned designers of this beautiful urban scape. If cadaver snatching, underhanded devious fiduciary deals and international intrigue feed into you voyeuristic tendencies, then this book is certainly for you. That being said, 'Wicked Philadelphia' takes the reader inside some of the dim and lesser known places and stories that have shaped our city's past while providing an entertaining and detailed work that is always consistent with Mr. Keel's impeccable historical research and style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Brooks on April 15, 2010
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I've been waiting for a book like this. In spite of its prominent place in Lincoln Steffens' The Shame of the Cities, Philadelphia has cultivated a reputation for Quaker simplicity and upper class gentility. It's not fair. We have as many scandals as any other big American city and Thomas Keels knows all of them. My favorite chapter gives the historical background to one of the great sensationalist novels - George Lippards' The Quaker City. It's a story about seduction, murder, revenge, and violent class conflict. Lippard's novel is one of the most unbelievable stories I have ever read and Keels shows that it's all based on fact. He also has a chapter on one of the first Ponzi schemes. Naturally this kind of crime is named after a Bostonian. As I said, it's not fair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cintra E. Willcox on June 17, 2010
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Good gracious! Who knew proper Philadelphia had such deliciously sordid skeletons in its closets? Tom Keels's extensive historical research sheds new light on some of the darker stories behind the city's staid, respectable facade. His writing is lively, insightful and spiced with just the right humorous twinkle. You don't have to be from Philadelphia to enjoy this book tremendously. I have become completely obsessed with the tantalizing, unsolved 1923 murder of Dottie King! A great read that can be savoured again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C.K. Dexter Haven on April 7, 2010
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Seldom, if ever, has such a well balanced, well researched and well written book on the dark side of Philadelphia history been so much fun to read. Readers will laugh and cry, cheer and jeer at the real-life stories of some of Philadelphia's most notorious, but nearly forgotten residents. As they'd say in Boston, this is a wicked good read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Andrews on April 6, 2010
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I love this book! Philadelphia and sin are my favorite subjects and author Tom Keels delves deep through history into this provincial town's underbelly. This book rounds out unseemly stories I have heard and snippets that have been alluded to in other more "proper" history volumes. I am going to buy a big batch of this book and give it out at every gift-giving occasion this year.
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