Murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked depression-era Detroit.
The St. Clair County Library System is proud to present Tom Stanton, co-founder of the Voice newspapers, journalism professor and now Michigan Notable Author, as he talks about his New York Times Sports best-selling book Terror in the City of Champions at the Donald Dodge Auditorium on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.. This is a free event and open to public but registration is required as seats are limited. To register, please call (810) 987-7323 or go to: www.stclaircountylibrary.org/EventInfo.aspx?id=20565 Copies of his books will be available to purchase courtesy of Barnes and Noble
In the mid-1930s, Detroit reigned as the City of Champions. Within a six-month span, the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings won a World Series, NFL title, and Stanley Cup -- a major-sports trifecta achieved by no other American city before or since -- and it happened as undefeated local boxer Joe Louis was becoming a national sensation. As the successes mounted, the national media made heroes of the city's sports stars, and Detroit grew almost delirious, the string of victories providing a sweet diversion from the Great Depression.
But beneath the jubilance, a nefarious plague was spreading unchecked. A wave of mysterious crimes had police baffled: bodies
dumped along roadsides, suspicious suicides, bombings of homes and halls, flogging victims who refused to speak, assassination plots. All were the work of the Black Legion, a secret terrorist organization that flourished in Detroit until the summer of 1936, when one murder (and the loose lips of a gunman) led to its unraveling.
In Terror in the City of Champions, author Tom Stanton tells for the first time the riveting, intersecting tales of the frightening rise and fall of the Black Legion and the magnificent athletic ascension of Detroit.
Books will be available for sale as well as a signing after the program.
Reviews for Terror in the City of Champions:
“With the racist Black Legion spreading evil and the rambunctious Detroit Tigers bringing joy, Detroit’s seemingly eternal forces of darkness and light coexist in this captivating slice of American history.” – David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story.
“Today, Detroit is a shadow of its former self. This fascinating book reveals what an astonishing place it formerly was. Eight decades ago, it was a boiling cauldron of social extremism, extravagant criminality, and athletic excellence. Readers of this book have a new understanding of the city and the Thirties.” – George F. Will,
Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Men at Work
"Glittering triumphs cover up a sordid racist conspiracy in this lively vignette of the Motor City in its heyday." -- Publishers Weekly
"First-rate reporting and a seminar in how to employ context in investigative and historical journalism" -- Kirkus (starred review)