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Abbott s books even though I am primarily a fiction reader I ove them because s books even though I am primarily a fiction reader I Campfire love them because readike novels This one reads My Little Blue Dress like aiterary Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars legal thriller It has some INSANE twists Iove that things actually happened that would break my suspension of disbelief in fiction The truth really is stranger Well drawn characters gorgeous writing and a murder mystery Yes please Highly recommended 35 starsThis book is hard for me to review due to two reasons first I read it in starts and stops and secondly although very well researched it became boring in spots However it is due back to the Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life library today so Iack the time to ponder or procrastinate Gangsters bootleggers crime and corruption and all in the Midwest That is what drew me to the book And there was plenty of that for the taking The star of this book was George Remus multimillionaire and known as the King of the Bootleggers With most of the Crazy Love local police in his pocket a mansion in Cincinnati and a rebellious wife Imogene George owned a third of alliuor in the United States Then with George in prison Imogene decides to take him off his throne and she sells off most of his millions The result murder This is non fiction and very well researched It takes you millions The result murder This is non fiction and very well researched It takes you a time and place that is ittle known to most people This story of prohibition took place before even Al Capone was notorious It tells of the rise of George Remus his ife with his wife Imogene and through his trial Then also of the aftermath of his imprisonment Boring in spots when the details over ran the story and entertaining in earning the history of Remus and his bootlegging days Sexy smart compulsively readable and expertly researched Before Al Capone is known a German immigrant George Remus sees the many opportunities Prohibition offers and seizes the chance Although he was currently working as a awyer he becomes the king of the bootleggers In a few years he and his wife Imogene amass a fortune The best cars clothes s huge mansion in Cincinnati with all the best furnishing Remus even has a swimming pool built just for ImogeneThis massive display if wealth comes to the attention of Mabel Willebrandt a woman one of only s few in charge of prosecuting these notorious bootleggers She sends her investigator Dodge a huge mistake as it provides the impetus for all that follows including the nurseNarrative non fiction easy to follow well researched and uite interesting Jazz age excess and crime seems to go hand in hand Such an interesting time period The descriptions are vividly portrayed and one gets s good sense of the characters and their motives Hearing actual parts of the trial was an added bonus The narrators were Rob Shapiro and Cassandra Campbell who I thought were excellent I m not sure I would have enjoyed reading this book a ps much as I did by istening to the audio Competently executed yet disappointingly dull I have greatly enjoyed Abbott s other work and expected
THIS TO BE A SLAM DUNK to be a slam dunk I found myself bored of the narrative and apathetic about the subject matterGenerally speaking bootlegging and Prohibition are not topics that end themselves particularly well to narrative nonfiction They certainly seem Black Heart, Red Ruby like they shouldargely because fiction has done such. The true crime story of bootlegger George Remus and the murder that shocked the nationIn the early days of Prohibition ong before Al Capone became a household name a German immigrant named George Remus uits practicing aw and starts trafficking whiskey Within two years he's a multimillionaire The press calls him King of the Bootleggers writing breathless stories about the Gatsby esue events he and his.
Read & Download The Ghosts of Eden ParkDreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey luxury when it came to writing nonfiction Still I thought Abbott handled it nicely including all the key players in this saga without allowing it to slow down the momentum In fact the book is very fast paced and held my interest all throughout Frank DodgeAs one will gather from the title bootlegging is not the only crime at play A murder is eminent which is where Abbot applies one truly uniue and clever trick Unless one already knows how this story plays out the victim and the murderer remain a secret until the killing transpires in real time Abbott keeps us on the edge of our seat building the suspense and keeping one guessingike this was a fictional murder mystery Then there is that stunning trial The prosecutor was Charles Phelps Taft II son of William Howard Taft But you will have to read this book to believe how it concluded It s one of the most insane trials I ve ever read about from this era Talk about putting on a show I admit by the time I turned the final page I was shaking my head in disbelief This is one bizarre story and will take readers on a wild roller coaster ride through prohibition and the politics of the day But mostly this is one of the most entertaining
True Crime Books I Ve Read 5crime books I ve read 5 I appropriately picked up this book God's Pocket last fall at the Cincinnatiiterary festival Books by the Banks At the time I didn t realize the book was set in the area In this true crime tale Abbott sets out the story of George Remus a teetotaler who built a whiskey empire during Prohibition and was so successful that at one point he controlled 30% of the ЯED liuor consumed during that time I feltike I was reading about a real ife Jay Gatsby the real ife details about Remus s wild parties were unbelievableA truth is stranger than fiction epic from the Jazz Age Many thanks to Crown Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis wasn t that interesting to me It wasn t horrible but I ve read better true crime novels Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram HAPPY PUB DAY. Uming 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 The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs look into his empire It's a decision with deadly conseuences With Remus behind bars Dodge and Imogene begin an affair and plot to ruin him sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highestevels of government and that can only end in murd. A good job with this topic but the sad fact is that money and temporary criminal success don t necessarily make a subject worthy of being immortalized on the proverbial pageSuch is the case with the subjects of this particular narrative Remus is certainly a savvy businessman but he s also mentally unstable and not much of an intellectual even if you concede he had some decent street smarts Even that feels worthless though since by the end of his tale he s barely comprehensible Imogene seems ike a nasty opportunist rather than the clever con woman who finally snaps that the book seems to want her to beAbbott s writing and research are both good but the choice of subject matter feels ill advised While
The Story Has Some Interesting Moments Itstory has some interesting moments it isn t compelling enough to warrant an entire book This could have been a great Monsieur Pain long form article but as a book it feels indulgent and excessiveI received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review The Ghosts of Eden Park Karen AbbottKaren Abbott brilliantly pieces together this page turner through meticulous resource and without any fictional dialogue With so much chronicled information I suspected this might be a dry journaling of events but no far from it It is a rich narrative a captivating story about a volatile time in American history that involved widespread corruption amongst a who s who of politicians judgesaw enforcement and civilians So many wanted a piece of the bootlegging action Each major character either good or bad was masterfully depicted by Abbott and fascinating to follow Day to day business included maneuvering extortion bribery backstabbing and an incomprehensible volume of money mind boggling It was difficult choosing my favorite character as I was as fascinated by the good guys as well as the bad Mabel Walker Willenbrandt the First Lady of Law was an inspiration George Remus pharmacist awyer and bootlegger was one heck of a visionary A genius with unpredictable anger insane jealousy and misplaced trust I was gobsmacked by his story One of the best non fiction books I have read The Ghosts of Eden Park The Bootleg King the Women Who Pursued Him and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age America by Karen Abbott is a 2019 Crown Publishing Group publication An absorbing and shocking true crime sagaGeorge Remus is a name I was only moderately familiar with I knew he was a famous bootlegger during
prohibition but i didn t know much thanbut I didn t know much than I had not familiarized myself with his complex criminal operation or with his personal issues which included referring to himself in third person and the hint of mental instability So I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book Well to say George ived a colorful What If life is an understatement As an attorney he found a way to procure alcoholegally for medicinal purposes This subterfuge allowed him to take control of a The Exhaustion Breakthrough large percentage of distilleries From there he built a veryucrative bootlegging operation which made him uite wealthy earning him the moniker The King of the Bootleggers George and his second wife Imogene The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good lived aavish Supplemental Book lifestyle handing out diamonds and cars to their party guests but theaw was not ignorant of his enterprise Enter Mabel Walker Willebrandt a prosecutor with. Glamorous second wife Imogene host at their Cincinnati mansion with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand new Pontiacs for the women By the summer of 1921 Remus owns 35 percent of all the Hark! The Herald Angels Scream liuor in the United StatesPioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down Willebrandt's bosses at the US Attorney's office hired her right out ofaw school ass.