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First published in 1980, Sweethearts is an eye-opening account of the men who controlled Toronto's highrise apartment business during the building boom of the 1960s.
The book tells the fascinating inside story of a thriving, profitable new industry and how organized crime moved in on it. It names names: the syndicate leaders, corrupt subcontractors, hitmen, couriers and extortionists. And it chronicles the violence--the burned cars, bombed buildings and shootings--that signalled the extent of mob involvement in the industry.
Based on years of careful research in Canada and the U.S., Sweethearts is a meticulous analysis of a bloody time in the nation's development history.
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CATHERINE WISMER has worked for Toronto Life and Maclean's. She has published two previous books, Come See My Garden and Faces of the Old North.
"Fascinating...All in Toronto should read!" (Margaret Atwood, Twitter)
"...Excellent and fascinating reading."
(Graham Greene, Author, J'Accuse 1981-01-01)
"...Wismer has hit upon a fascinating and frequently neglected aspect of Toronto's development... [she excels in describing the social and political atmosphere of Toronto in the late 1950s and 60s... in a clear precise style [she creates sharp descriptions of flagrant abuses of immigrant labour and the 1972 shooting of labour organizer Bruno Zanini.''
(Henry Mietkiewiez, Toronto Star 1981-01-01)
''She documents her case well and provides a very human chronicle of a shabby period in modern Toronto's labour history.''
(Peter Moon, The Globe and Mail 1981-01-01)
''Wismer...tells a colourful tale of high level intrigue that intelligibly renders a byzantine plot in such a breath-taking way it would make many accomplished novelists envious."
(John Bacher, Urban History Review 1981-01-01)
''...accurately and powerfully describes the routine nature of corrupt business practices and of the horrendous living and working conditions of the workers.... Sweethearts is an informative and provocative study of one important area of urban development. It adds a new and enlightening dimension to the impression created by labour history texts that white-collar and public service unionism dominated the affairs of labour in these years.''
(John Bullen, Labour/Le Travail 1981-01-01)
''Wismer has written a tremendously informative piece of work and for many people it will be an eye-opener.''
(Astra Roze, Canadian Book Review 1981-01-01)
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Book Description Lorimer, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110888623844
Book Description Lorimer, 1980. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0888623844