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True Tales From the Annals of Crime and Rascality Hardcover – 1950

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House (1950)
  • ASIN: B000OL13D8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary Jean Mayer on April 8, 2015
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I first bought this book in the 1960s at the old Salvation Army bookstore on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. It's time to reread it. It's good to remember the part about Father Divine and the story of how he used religion to get people to give him all their money, and political implications of doing the same thing these days by getting a lot of political power by using God's name. . And the account of Harry Bridges, head of the Longshoreman's union and how he was being followed by the FBI and decided to mess with their heads by "casting"……looking at people around him and, if they looked like an FBI guy, he followed THEM. And he got a bunch of old carbons from receipts from a carpet company and put them in his wastebasket to inspire analysis of NOTHING. I managed to misplace my old copy during a move, and I bought a new one on Amazon a while back. Read it during this heightened political season. It's not only kind of scary, it's very funny.
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If you're a fan of the lurid genre of shocking "true crimes," this may not be your bag.

Sure, it's an account of various true crimes. But this is merely an anthology of pieces than were printed in the New Yorker in the 30s and 40s.

So, in keeping with that magazine's reporting approach, the emphasis is on the refined telling of the tale, rather than the tale itself.
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