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Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets off a by J. Anthony Lukas

By J. Anthony Lukas

Hailed as "toweringly important" (Baltimore Sun), "a paintings of scrupulous and important reportage" (E. L. Doctorow), and "an unforgettable historic drama" (Chicago Sun-Times), Big Trouble brings to existence the magnificent case that eventually engaged President Theodore Roosevelt, superb courtroom justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the politics and passions of a whole country at century's flip.

After Idaho's former governor is blown up through a bomb at his backyard gate at Christmastime 1905, America's such a lot celebrated detective, Pinkerton James McParland, takes over the research. His daringly finished plan to kidnap the unconventional union chief "Big Bill" Haywood from Colorado to face trial in Idaho units the level for a memorable court docket war of words among the flowery prosecutor, revolutionary senator William Borah, and the younger defender of the dispossessed, Clarence Darrow.

Big Trouble captures the tumultuous first decade of the 20 th century, while capital and hard work, relatively within the uncooked, acquisitive West, have been pitted opposed to one another in whatever on the subject of category conflict.

Lukas paints a brilliant portrait of a time and position during which actress Ethel Barrymore, baseball phenom Walter Johnson, and editor William Allen White jostled with railroad multi-millionaire E. H. Harriman, socialist Eugene V. Debs, gunslinger Charlie Siringo, and Operative 21, the intrepid Pinkerton agent who infiltrated Darrow's security crew. it is a grand narrative of the USA because it charged, jam-packed with wish and trepidation, into the 20 th century.

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Spur Award for top Nonfiction modern (1998)

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