“T.J. English has the mastered the hybrid narrative art form of social history and underworld thriller. The Savage City is a truly gripping read filled with unexpected twists and turns.”
—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge
In The Savage City, T.J. English, author of the New York Times bestselling blockbuster Havana Nocturne, takes readers back to a frightening place in a dark time of violence and urban chaos: New York City in the 1960s and early ’70s. As he did in his acclaimed true crime masterwork, The Westies, English focuses on the rot on the Big Apple in this stunning tale of race, murder, and a generation on the edge—as he interweaves the real-life sagas of a corrupt cop, a militant Black Panther, and an innocent young African American man framed by the NYPD for a series of crimes, including a brutal and sensational double murder.
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This is one nightmare worth reliving because Mr. English so vividly recreates an era when, he writes, “the city was perched on the brink of self-immolation” and reminds New Yorkers how lucky they are to be living here today.Read Full Review of The Savage City: Race, Murder... | See more reviews from NY Times
Sometimes unbelievable, sometimes not (you will have to keep in mind this is fact and not fiction) the stories of police corruption and wrong-doing are what is truly gripping about this book.Read Full Review of The Savage City: Race, Murder...
His obvious dedication to the project shines through every paragraph, down to the minutiae details that only the most devoted of researchers would endeavor to acquire.Read Full Review of The Savage City: Race, Murder...
English explores the impact of both racism and police corruption on the case and follows its denouement throughout the course of the following decade, which included the Harlem Riots and the trials of policemen in the 1970s...Read Full Review of The Savage City: Race, Murder...
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