Author Richard Gazarik will visit our library, to read from, and discuss his latest book, Wicked Pittsburgh.
Muckraking journalist Walter Liggett dubbed Pittsburgh the "Metropolis of Corruption" in 1930 when he reported the city had more vice per square foot than New York, Detroit, Cleveland or Boston. Decades earlier, the Magee-Flinn political machine ruled public officials, and crooked police helped racketeers protect brothels and gambling dens. Mayor (later Governor) David Lawrence was indicted several times for graft but acquitted each time. Even Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. colluded with gangsters, according to FBI reports. Join author Richard Gazarik as he reveals the wicked history of the Steel City. Mr. Gazarik is also the author of Prohibition Pittsburgh and The Mayor of Shantytown: The Life of Father James Renshaw Cox.
Contact the library at 412-795-3507 to sign up.