" "The Night Club Era" should rate as a Broadway Koran. Other books on the subject are unnecessary if they agree with it, wrong if they differ from it, and in either case should be burned."--Alva Johnston, from the Introduction Written in the aftermath of Prohibition, Stanley Walker's "The Night Club Era" is a lively and idiosyncratic account of ...Read More" "The Night Club Era" should rate as a Broadway Koran. Other books on the subject are unnecessary if they agree with it, wrong if they differ from it, and in either case should be burned."--Alva Johnston, from the Introduction Written in the aftermath of Prohibition, Stanley Walker's "The Night Club Era" is a lively and idiosyncratic account of the people and places that defined New York's night life during the era of "the great American madness." Here we meet murderers and millionaires, gangsters, bartenders, celebrities of the stage, screen, and society, and a host of other colorful characters who populated the city's diverse night clubs, from El Fey to the Cotton Club. Walker relives the "night of incredulous sadness" on which the Volstead Act went into effect, visits a classic speakeasy, discussing the owner's delicate arrangements with policemen, prohibition agents, and bootleggers, and details the frequently brutal swindles practiced in the city's numerous clip joints and the tactics of the era's crime organizations, explaining precisely what happens when one is "taken for a ride." Among the larger-than-life night club habitues Walker sketches are Owney Madden, the elder statesman of the city's rackets; Walter Winchell, America's most influential columnist and the "brash historian of our life and times"; Mayor James J. Walker, who typified the gaudiness, smartness, and insouciance of the city he ran, yet was never too refined to shoot dice on hotel room floors; and Texas Guinan, the beloved entertainer, hostess, and entrepreneur who greeted customers with her trademark phrase "Hello, sucker!" Vividly told, "The Night Club Era" offers a singular, serious--though never sober--history of New York City during Prohibition.Read Less
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Very Good. Very good paperback. Review copy with paperwork laid in. Spine is uncreased, binding tight and sturdy; text also very good. Shelfwear is very minor. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Good. No dust jacket. 327 p. Includes index. "...the first organized and accurate story of the stirring changes in felonious and gay life in the New York of the past decade and a quarter. His gilded mugs, lawless altruists, massacre specialists and she-meteors of the night are all the products of prohibitions, curfews and other arbitrary interferences with the old environment."
Good- No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Reading copy only. The spine is faded and the gilt title is rubbed and there's a little soiling on the spine, the jacket is missing but the flaps are clued into the front and back inside covers, the rear hinge is weak because of the way the back free endpaper was torn out. However, the text is unmarked and the binding seems strong.
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