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Cupid's Café: Wicked City

Location: Main Library
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

Russell Readers: Wicked City

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

Bailey Cove Morning: Wicked City

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

PLEASE NOTE: this meeting has been rescheduled from the 12th!  We hope to see you here at the Library!

K1R2: Wicked City

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Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

In the 1950s the "wickedest city in America" was not Las Vegas but Phenix City, AL. Located just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, GA, and nearby Fort Benning, it was a notorious haven for gamblers, prostitutes (about a thousand in a town of 23,000 people), con men, and murderers. Worse, this cesspool of vice and human depravity was run by a corrupt political and law enforcement machine that thwarted any attempt at reform with intimidation and violence.

Tillman Hill Adult Book Club: Wicked City

Location: Tillman D. Hill Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause just for a moment- and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide that they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen.

Eleanor Murphy Book Club: Wicked City

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Phenix City, Alabama, from its founding during the Civil War, has been the dirty, not-so-little secret of the South. It is a riverside no-man's land, a place where a blind eye has historically been turned to vice of every sort, including prostitution, gambling, and even murder. Atkins shows us Phenix City in its 1950s hey-day, where a battle is building between a handful of decent citizens and the underworld willing to do anything to maintain their control.

Quarter-Life Crisis: Wicked City

Location: Stem and Stein
Date: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

Madison Murder, Ink.: Wicked City

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

Literary Giants: Wicked City

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

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