Sin in the Second City

Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
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Author(s): Karen Abbott
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jul 31, 2007
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Audio (11.05 hours)
Product Number: Z10004520
Released: Jul 31, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400124664
Narrator/s: Joyce Bean
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history-and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago's notorious Levee district at the dawn of the twentieth century, the club's proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh "butterflies" awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot's earnings and kept a "whipper" on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and were even tutored in the literature of Balzac. Not everyone appreciated the sisters' attempts to elevate the industry. Rival Levee madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including an attempt to frame them for the death of department store heir Marshall Field, Jr. But the sisters' most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"-the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House. With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., William Howard Taft, "Hinky Dink" Kenna, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters, their world-famous club, and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots. Culminating in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers, Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to twentieth-century modernity.

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Sin in the Second City
Product Number: BX00040384
Product Number:Z10004520
Product Number:DD19442

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CD
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Author(s): Karen Abbott
Narrator(s): Joyce Bean
Genre: History
Product Number DD19442
Released: Jul 31, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400104666
eBook
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Author(s): Karen Abbott
Product Number EB00165188
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9781588366436

Professional reviews

"Chicago has never sounded so dark or exciting as in this lively and detailed account of the Everleigh Club, a brothel in the city's Levee District. Delving deep into the history of vice, this production reveals the underworld activities of Chicago in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As the story focuses on the famous Everleigh sisters, Joyce Bean delivers an engaging narrative. Her serious tone manages to lighten up when quoting characters or discussing some of the more interesting events of this history. Abbott's prose is well suited to audio in that it avoids complicated sentences and includes dialogue to liven up the material. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"