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The vapors : a southern family, the New York mob, and the rise and fall of Hot Springs, America's forgotten capital of vice / David Hill.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 976.741 HIL (Text) 33500013289038 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1250086116
  • ISBN: 9781250086112
  • Physical Description: xii, 382 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-361) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- Water -- Fire -- Holy Ghost -- Repentance -- Pentecost -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
Describes the history of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The author plots the trajectory of everything from organized crime to America's fraught racial past, examining how a town synonymous with white gangsters supported a burgeoning black middle class. He reveals how the louche underbelly of the South was also home to veterans hospitals and baseball's spring training grounds, giving rise to everyone from Babe Ruth to President Bill Clinton.
Before Vegas was big, Hot Springs, Arkansas was home to healing waters, art deco splendor, horse racing, nearly a dozen illegal casinos, countless bank rooms and brothels, and some of the country's most bald-faced criminals. Hill follows three individuals spanning the golden decades of Hot Springs: from the 1930s through the 1960s-- and the lavish casino whose rise and fall would bring them together before blowing them apart. -- adapted from jacket
Author Notes

David Hill is a writer from Hot Springs, Arkansas. His work has appeared regularly in Grantland and The Ringer, and has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, and New York magazine, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Nyack, New York, with his wife and three children, where he serves as the vice president of the National Writers Union. The Vapors is his first book.

Subject: Madden, Owney, 1891-1980.
Hot Springs (Ark.) > History.
Mafia > Arkansas > Hot Springs > History.
Gambling > Arkansas > Hot Springs > History.
Crime > Arkansas > Hot Springs > History.
Madden, Owney, 1891-1980.
Arkansas > Hot Springs.
Genre: History.

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