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Blum, Howard
American lightning : terror, mystery, movie-making, and the crime of the century / Howard Blum
Alternate Title Terror, mystery, movie-making, and the crime of the century
1st ed
New York : Crown Publishers, c2008
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HV6640 .B58 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Bombings -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century
Terrorism -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century
Subject Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917
Physical Description 339 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-335)
Summary A tale of murder, deceit, celebrity, media manipulation, and film as propaganda, when the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building in 1910 exposed a deadly "national dynamite plot" by trade unionists to terrorize America with one hundred bombings in a doomed attempt to force capitalism to its knees. The relentless pursuit, capture, trial, and punishment of the bombers made a national hero of master detective Billy Burns, and entangled crusading defense lawyer Clarence Darrow in a reckless, nearly career-ending scheme to bribe witnesses and jurors and throttle justice. Meanwhile, the events inspired D.W. Griffith to make his groundbreaking film The Birth of a Nation

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