The Ghosts of Eden Park

The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America
Author(s): Karen Abbott
Awards:2020-Best Fact Crime-Nominee-Edgar Award,
New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Aug 06, 2019
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Product Number: Z100147592
Released: Aug 06, 2019
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ISBN: #9780593148020
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy "Gatsby-era noir at its best."—Erik Larson An ID Book Club Selection NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST HISTORY BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SMITHSONIAN In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new cars for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the Justice Department hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences. With the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder. Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive. Praise for The Ghosts of Eden Park "An exhaustively researched, hugely entertaining work of popular history that . . . exhumes a colorful crew of once-celebrated characters and restores them to full-blooded life. . . . [Abbott's] metier is narrative nonfiction and—as this vibrant, enormously readable book makes clear—she is one of the masters of the art."—The Wall Street Journal "Satisfyingly sensational and thoroughly researched."—The Columbus Dispatch "Absorbing . . . a Prohibition-era page-turner."—Chicago Tribune

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Author(s): Karen Abbott
Product Number EB00752572
Released: Aug 06, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780451498649

Professional reviews

"Narrating alternate sections, Cassandra Campbell and Rob Shapiro take listeners inside speakeasies, criminal enterprises, and government corruption. With information from newspapers, archival documents, and trial records, Karen Abbot has assembled a true story that sounds like a novel. The Jazz Age in America featured flamboyant characters, and the story of George Remus, a lawyer turned bootlegger, is among its most colorful. Thanks to Prohibition, Remus amassed an astounding fortune, took pleasure in his wife's excessive spending, speculated in real estate, and threw Gatsby-esque parties. Bribing officials and befriending politicians left him feeling above the law. Enter U.S. attorney Mabel Willebrandt, who was committed to ending Remus's lawlessness. Campbell's expertise and Shapiro's intelligent delivery detail Remus's meteoric rise and even more spectacular fall. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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