By Sasha Nyary
His latest book, New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Era, is a narrative history of the Lexow investigation, which was the first major crusade to clean up Gotham. Czitrom will give a reading of his new book on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 pm at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.
This true-crime historical thriller features a colorful cast of turn-of-the-century figures, from Tammany Hall bosses, anarchists, and immigrant leaders to progressive do-gooders and purveyors of vice and corruption.
Czitrom tells this spellbinding story within the larger contexts of national politics, poverty, patronage, police violence, vote fraud, and vote suppression, offering an unforgettable portrait of a city in a transformative moment.
His other books include Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan and Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York, which recently was released in paperback. Czitrom was also the history advisor on BBC America’s production of Copper.