American Lightning|Howard Blum
American Lightning : Terror, Mystery, and the Birth of Hollywood
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In this masterpiece of narrative history, acclaimed author Howard Blum evokes the original "crime of the century" and an aftermath even more dramatic than the crime itself-a seminal episode in America's history that would spark national debate and draw into its orbit master sleuth William J. Burns, crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow, and industry-shaping filmmaker D. W. Griffith.

"Hugely engaging . . . has tremendous verve . . . American Lightning throws valuable new light on an episode that seems, for us today, particularly pertinent. Terrorism happened here." -Los Angeles Times

"A fast-moving, skillfully constructed account . . . Blum's style is cinematic." -Chicago Sun-Times

"Compelling . . . a tense detective story." -Seattle Times

"A thumping-good drumroll of narrative history . . . the cross-country manhunt reads like a great mystery novel . . . Blum blows the dust off a page of America's own incendiary past and brings it to pulsating life." -Dallas Morning News

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  • ISBN-13: 9780307346957
  • ISBN-10: 0307346951
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Publish Date: October 2009
  • Dimensions: 8.04 x 5.22 x 0.74 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds
  • Page Count: 339