American Lightning

American Lightning

Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century

Book - 2008
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A masterpiece of narrative history that vividly brings to life the original crime of the century, American Lightning shows the lasting impact the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times offices had on three remarkable individuals and, through them, the country itself. b&w photo insert.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307346940
0307346943
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 BLUM H
Characteristics: 339 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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"Details a deadly explosion that ripped through the offices of the "Los Angeles Times" in October 1910, part of a planned assault on one hundred American cities, the investigation that followed, and the arrest and trial of two union activists for the crime." --Novelist


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BlueHippo
Nov 01, 2013

Yes, there are a lot of cliches, but it's still fun. And true! That's what made it interesting to me. An incident I was not too familiar with, but very interesting.

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StarGladiator
Apr 09, 2013

Negative rating for passing off pathetic propagandistic claptrap as "fact" - - just doesn't pass any of the stink tests! The McNamara brothers, in bombing the extreme rightwing, anti-worker, anti-labor, anti-union, LA Times of that time, were taking the only action left to them. The Robber Barrons routinely used hired, armed thugs to murder workers standing up for their own rights, and any and all initiating the process of unionization: The Hay Market Massacre, the Ludlow Massacre, and many other various massacres which both did - - and didn't - - make the news surrounding industrial workers, female sweatshop workers, railroad workers (gandy dancers), and so on. Not surprised the author writing this bilge is Howard Blum, a writer never to be trusted at any thing he says or writes!

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