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Lords of the Levee

The Story of Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink

Lloyd Wendt (author) Herman Kogan (author)
Rick Kogan (introduction)

ISBN: 9780810123205

Publication Date: Mar 2006

Format: Paperback

This piece of Chicago-style journalism traces the careers of 'Bathhouse' John Coughlin and 'Hinky Dink' Mike Kenna, one a former bathhouse rubman, the other once the Chicago Tribune's loudest newsboy as the two rose to the top of the city's political world, via gambling palaces, bars, thugs, prostitutes and dives.
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In the early twentieth century, John Coughlin and Mike Kenna ruled Chicago's First Ward, the lucrative lakefront territory and nerve center of the city. It encompassed City Hall and the Loop and the mansions of Michigan Avenue. More significantly, it was one of the most infamous havens for vice in the entire country, home to gambling palaces with marble floors and mahogany bars, to a mini-city of thugs and prostitutes and down-and-outers, to dives and saloons of every description and a few beyond description. In short, the First was a gold mine. In a city where money talked, it made boisterous Bathhouse John and the laconic Hinky Dink Kenna the most powerful men in town. This classic of Chicago-style journalism traces the careers of these two operators, one a former bathhouse rubman, the other once the Chicago Tribune's loudest newsboy as they rose to the top of the city's political world.
Illustrations Illustrations, map, ports.
Pages 385
Date Published 30 Mar 2006
Publisher Northwestern University Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Biography & True Stories   20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000  
Lloyd Wendt (birth date??) was a long-time Chicago Journalist and the author of Chicago Tribune: The Rise of a Great American Newspaper (Rand McNatly, 1979), and (with Herman Kogan) Give the Lady What She Wants: The Story of Marshall Field &

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