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American Lightning - Blum, Howard
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chapter one It was nearly midnight on September 4, 1910, in Peoria, Illinois, when the dark sky above the train yard opened and a pelting rain suddenly poured down. Surprised, the night watchman ran to a boxcar for shelter. That decision saved his life. He was safely inside when the bomb exploded. It was a clock bomb, rather crudely made but fueled by ten gallons of nitroglycerin. It had been placed under a nearby railway car transporting an eighty-ton girder. The force of the blast knocked the watchman to the boxcar's wooden floor. Outside the girder shot high into the sky. Shards of metal showered down, spears falling like iron lightning bolts amid the hard, hammering rain. Within hours the president of the McClintic-Marshall Iron Works, the company that had fabricated the girder for a bridge being built across the Illinois River, hired the Burns Detective Agency to investigate the blast. A local Burns operative left his bed and hurried to the scene. Under a freight car carrying a second huge girder, he discovered a clock bomb that had failed to explode; the battery had lost its voltage. The clock had also been set for 11 hours and 59 minutes and 59 seconds. This would've allowed sufficient time for any escape. The culprits would be long gone, and, he anticipated, difficult to trace. Outside the yard he found an empty nitroglycerin can and a small, neatly piled hill of sawdust. He brought the can and the unexploded bomb to the attention of the Peoria police captain at the scene. The captain glanced at the device, shook his head in a gesture of disgust at the criminals who had planted it, and then walked off to interview the night watchman. Later, after the police had left, the Burns man retrieved the can and the bomb. He also gathered up the sawdust particles. He put all the evidencethe nitroglycerin can, the unexploded bomb, and the sawdust into a large box and sent it to the agency's headquarters in Chicago. For weeks the box sat on a shelf in the evidence room, ignored and unopened. It was only after the events in Los Angeles that Billy Burns began to suspect its significance. chapter two California, here we come! Over the hills and across the valleys of America, from the icy, windswept prairies and the snowbound farmlands of the Midwest, people flocked to Los Angeles. As the twentieth century began, the city's chamber of commerce spread the word that sunshine would cure any illness, that ripe oranges hung from trees ready for the taking, and that fortunes could be made buying and selling parcels of land. The California Dream captured people's imagination, and day after day Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroad cars filled with newcomers arrived at the Los Angeles station. In just a generation, this pueblo village dozing in the sunshine began to take shape as a city. By 1910 its population approached 900,000, and people were still pouring in. And as the city grew, as its inhabitants prospered, Los Angeles became a battleground History History eBook, Crown/Archetype

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G. P. Putnam's Sons. , 1971. Book. Good. Hardcover. HARDCOVER; ex-library; dustjacket w/ several small tears/chips along edges; upper corner of one leaf clipped; small stain on fore-edge; light browning/soiling of edges; o/w in good condition. ., G. P. Putnam's Sons., 1971, Arrow, 07/04/2013. Paperback. Used; Good., Arrow, 07/04/2013, Crown. Hardcover. GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some light highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable., Crown

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American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century
Auteur:

Blum, Howard

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American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century

ISBN:

9780307346940

A masterpiece of narrative history that vividly brings to life the original crime of the century, "American Lightning" shows the lasting impact the 1910 bombing of the "Los Angeles Times" offices had on three remarkable individuals and, through them, the country itself. b&w photo insert.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780307346940
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0307346943
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Date de parution: 2008
Editeur: CROWN PUB INC
339 Pages
Poids: 0,630 kg
Langue: eng/Englisch

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ISBN/EAN: 9780307346940

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