A.J. Liebling was one of America's finest and most influential journalists. Reprinted here in full are:
The Telephone Booth Indian (1942) - a witty portrait of an unusual group of entrepreneurs. These Manhattan lowlifes conduct unsavory business from the telephones in the lobbies of office buildings.
Chicago: The Second City (1952) - a chronicle of life in the windy city as seen by an outsider, a New Yorker and avowed Francofile.
'The Honest Rainmaker: The Life and Times of Colonel John R. Stingo (1953) - a fond biography of Colonel Stingo, raconteur and track denizen of Runyonesque proportions.
'The Earl of Louisiana' (1961) - which captures the essence of a uniquely American character, Earl Long.
"The Jollity Building' (1962) - Otherwise known as the Brill Building, which picks up Liebling's portrait of Manhattan's West Side begun in 'The Telephone Booth Indian'. Here are hacks and hustlers scrambling over one another, vying for the 'big break.'
In all five volumes, both the exalted and obscure are treated with the insight, candor, and wit that are the hallmarks of Liebling's writing.
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Book Description Playboy Press, New York, 1982. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj. 8vo. 532 pp. Quarter cloth over boards in dustjacket. "Five complete classics in one volume" Includes 'The Telephone Booth Indian'; 'Chicago, The Second City'; 'The Honest Rainmaker'; 'The Earl of Louisiana'; 'The Jollity Building'. Light rubbing, yellowing to dustjacket, yellowing to edges. Light wear to book covers, edges lightly soiled. Yellowing to text block. Interior clean and tight. Bookseller Inventory # 117541
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