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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

About the Author

Thomas H. Keels is an auslander, sociologist E. Digby Baltzell's term for an outsider who moves to Philadelphia and falls in love with its rich heritage. Since moving to Philadelphia in 1988, Tom has written five books dealing with local history: Wicked Philadelphia; Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City; Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries; Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square (with Robert Morris Skaler); and Chestnut Hill (with Liz Jarvis). His next book, Rainbow Cities: Philadelphia's Three World's Fairs, will be published in 2012. Tom is a regular contributor to the Rittenhouse Sq. Revue and also contributes features to Creatively Speaking on WRTI-FM. A self-proclaimed taphophile, he has been a tour guide at Laurel Hill, Philadelphia's premier Victorian cemetery, for over a decade.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wicked
  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (February 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596297875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596297876
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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It is interesting enough to know that Philadelphia, PA, had its seamy side from the latter 1700s to the latter 1900s, and to read of the details. But the author bores the reader with such an inundation of minutiae that one is forced to skim in order not to fall asleep.
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So much fun to read. The tone and delivery perfect: subtly irreverent, but gosh darn, you learn so much. We've had an uproarious time reading it around the dinner table. Our discussions do segue into what else was going on at that time or with such and such a character or industry, thanks to history major father. As the hopeful matriarch trying to get her kids focused on something else besides the Kardashians or World of Warcraft, this book so works for me.
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"Wicked Philadelphia" is an entertaining look at the "sin city" side of our beloved City of Brotherly Love. I've lived my whole life in the Philly area and love it's rich history and the characters that made it what it is today. "Wicked Philadelphia" was filled with great stories I had never heard of before, and it was truely a page-turner. My only complaint is that the book had to end. Bring on "Wicked Philadelphia" part II!
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This review is from my husband. He said "Give it a 4. No further comment". But the fact that he was even willing to review it and gave it 4 stars is high praise indeed from him. He's more of a "Can I give it negative stars?" kind of guy.
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