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L.A. noir : the struggle for the soul of America's most seductive city

Author: John Buntin
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Midcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as 'the white spot of America,' a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world’s most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Mickey Cohen; William H Parker; Mickey Cohen; William H Parker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Buntin
ISBN: 9780307352088 0307352080
OCLC Number: 918987892
Notes: Originally published in hardcover by Harmony Books, 2009.
Description: xii, 419 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The fallen city. The Mickey Mouse mafia --
The "white spot" --
The combination --
The bad old good old days --
The struggle for authority. "Jewboy" --
Comrade Bill --
Bugsy --
Dynamite --
Getting away with murder (Inc.) --
L.A. noir --
The sporting life --
The enemy within. The double agent --
Internal affairs --
The evangelist --
"Whiskey Bill" --
Dragnet --
The Trojan horse --
The Magna Carta of the criminal --
THe enemy within --
All the way or nothing. The Mike Wallace interview --
The electrician --
Chocolate city --
Disneyland --
Showgirls --
The Muslim cult --
The gas chamber --
Watts --
R.I.P.
Other Titles: Los Angeles noir
Struggle for the soul of America's most seductive city
Responsibility: John Buntin.

Abstract:

"Midcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as 'the white spot of America,' a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world’s most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men—one L.A.’s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief—each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city."--
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