Sunday, May 29, 2011

20 Books This Year Project: #11, "The Savage City" by TJ English

Non-fiction based on New York City in the 1960s and '70s, one of the most volatile times in any city's history. Race riots, corrupt cops, and the rise and fall of leaders both governmental and spiritual dominate the overview, but the story is placed in the hands of three people: a corrupt cop who made a fortune running scams; a young African American finding a voice in the rising group, the Black Panthers; and a young African American man who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, gets bullied into a confession, and has to fight for his innocence over several years. It's an amazing story, and if David Simon doesn't get ahold of the rights of this book and turn it into something, it's a disappointment. Grade: A-

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