9780812975994

Sin In The Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

ISBN 10: 0812975995 / 0-8129-7599-5
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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Softcover
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A history of America's most famous brothel, Chicago's Everleigh Club, which catered to some of America's leading moguls, actors, and writers from 1900 to 1911, profiles its aristocratic proprietors and their efforts to elevate the industry to new heights and details the efforts by both rivals and crusading reformers to close the establishment. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.


 

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Book Description: Random House USA Inc, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 204 x 133 mm. Brand New Book. Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history-and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago s notorious Levee district at the dawn of the last century, the Club s proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh butterflies awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot s earnings and kept a whipper on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and even tutored in the literature of Balzac. Not everyone appreciated the sisters attempts to elevate the industry. Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of white slavery ----the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America s sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House, including the formation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, Hinky Dink Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott s colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters, their world-famous Club, and the perennial clash between our nation s hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America s journey from Victorian-era propriety to twentieth-century modernity. Visit to learn more! Delicious. Abbott describes the Levee s characters in such detail that it s easy to mistake this meticulously researched history for literary fiction. ---- New York Times Book Review Described with scrupulous concern for historical accuracy.an immensely readable book. ---- Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal Assiduously researched. even this book s minutiae makes for good storytelling. ---- Janet Maslin, The New York Times Karen Abbott has pioneered sizzle history in this satisfyingly lurid tale. Change the hemlines, add 100 years, and the book could be filed under current affairs. ---- USA Today A rousingly racy yarn. - Chicago Tribune A colorful history of old Chicago that reads like a novel. a compelling and eloquent story. ---- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Gorgeously detailed ---- New York Daily News At last, a history book you can bring to the beach. ---- The Philadelphia Inquirer Once upon a time, Chicago had a world class bordello called The Everleigh Club. Author Karen Abbott brings the opulent place and its raunchy era alive in a book that just might become this years The Devil In the White City. ---- Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine (cover story) As Abbott s delicious and exhaustively researched book makes vividly clear, the Everleigh Club was the Taj Mahal of bordellos. ---- Chicago Sun Times The book is rich with details about a fast-and-loose Chicago of the early 20th century. Sin explores this world with gusto, throwing light on a booming city and exposing its shadows. ---- Time Out Chicago [Abbott s] research enables the kind of vivid description a la fellow journalist Erik Larson s The Devil in the White City that make what could be a dry historic account an intriguing read. - Seattle Times Abbott tells her story with just the right mix of relish and restraint, providing a piq. Bookseller Inventory # LVN9780812975994

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