American Lightning

American Lightning

Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century

Book - 2008
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A tale of murder, deceit, celebrity, media manipulation, and film as propaganda, when the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building in 1910 exposed a deadly "national dynamite plot" by trade unionists to terrorize America with one hundred bombings in a doomed attempt to force capitalism to its knees. The relentless pursuit, capture, trial, and punishment of the bombers made a national hero of master detective Billy Burns, and entangled crusading defense lawyer Clarence Darrow in a reckless, nearly career-ending scheme to bribe witnesses and jurors and throttle justice. Meanwhile, the events inspired D.W. Griffith to make his groundbreaking film The Birth of a Nation.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2008], ©2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307346940
0307346943
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Bl
Description: 339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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BlueHippo
Nov 01, 2013

Yes, there are a lot of cliches, but it's still fun. And true! That's what made it interesting to me. An incident I was not too familiar with, but very interesting.

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StarGladiator
Apr 09, 2013

Negative rating for passing off pathetic propagandistic claptrap as "fact" - - just doesn't pass any of the stink tests! The McNamara brothers, in bombing the extreme rightwing, anti-worker, anti-labor, anti-union, LA Times of that time, were taking the only action left to them. The Robber Barrons routinely used hired, armed thugs to murder workers standing up for their own rights, and any and all initiating the process of unionization: The Hay Market Massacre, the Ludlow Massacre, and many other various massacres which both did - - and didn't - - make the news surrounding industrial workers, female sweatshop workers, railroad workers (gandy dancers), and so on. Not surprised the author writing this bilge is Howard Blum, a writer never to be trusted at any thing he says or writes!

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