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The French quarter; an informal history of the New Orleans underworld

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This long out-of-print chronicle of the sordid history of New Orleans's underworld by Asbury ("The Gangs of New York") chronicles the city's history ... Show synopsis

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Thomas  C

A history of the NOLA underbelly

by Thomas C on Jul 24, 2010

Although this is a dated history (written in1935) and uses language from direct quotes that would be highly offensive today it covers territory that few authors have attempted such as the Barataria pirates like Jean Lafitte, wild riverboat men who could just as easily kill as steal, the Know Nothing Party's influence in the city, acute sanitation and health problems and, of course, party politics. The title is misleading since it would have you believe this is about organized crime. This doesn't even begin to appear until near the end of the book.

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Poquelin

Fun but sloppy

by Poquelin on Jan 21, 2010

This is a book of anecdotes, many of them fascinating but with little or no substantiation offered. It is obviously not of interest to scholarly readers but also not to general readers who simply wonder whether to believe this or that colorful detail. Nor can one tell, absent references, where to go to learn more about a particular topic. Much of the book does not strictly concern the Vieux Carr?. The book might more accurately be called something like A Very Informal History of Bad Behavior in and around New Orleans.

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Moritz

New Orleans -Good Old Days

by Moritz on Jan 8, 2010

Great reading about the early days of New Orleans at the beginning.

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