Gangbuster: One Man's Battle Against Crime, Corruption, and the Klan


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Citadel Press
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6.06 X 9.06 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Alan Prendergast is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Outside, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, as well as The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Crime Reporting. His nonfiction crime book, The Poison Tree, was an Edgar Award finalist and his stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Reporting and The Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Colorado, where he is a senior contributor for Denver's weekly newspaper, Westword, and part-time professor at Colorado College.


Praise for Alan Prendergast's GANGBUSTER

"If anyone is looking for a new American hero, Alan Prendergast's new book, "Gangbuster: One Man's Battle Against Crime, Corruption, and the Klan," has identified one. Prendergast has again taken to pen to demonstrate his gift for true crime narratives to tell the story of Philip Van Cise, the fearless and methodical Denver district attorney of the post-World War I era. Prendergast's such a smooth and enjoyable read, it almost reads like fiction. (Prendergast) is such a good writer that the reader will find it hard to put the book down." --The Epoch Times

"Set against the backdrop of 1920s Denver, this colorful real-life legal thriller spotlights crusading district attorney Philip Sidney Van Cise. .... Rollicking yet scrupulously researched, this is an entertaining tribute to a brazen crimefighter." --Publishers Weekly

"Alan Prendergast has captured Van Cise's bold life and clamorous times with imagination, verve, and razor-sharp reportorial instincts--illuminating a corrupt and dangerous urban netherworld that's fascinating to read about, but one that also resembles, in all too many ways, American city life today." --Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers

"A compelling, deeply reported narrative history that shows how the principled actions of one elected official can, against the odds, stanch corruption and thwart racist forces . . . Prendergast's superb book and Van Cise's example bear insights that can be applied to today's challenges." --James Neff, author of VENDETTA: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa

"One heroic American's battle against the forces of darkness and hate. As important today as the day it happened. Vividly told. Essential reading." --Michael Benson author of Gangsters vs Nazis

Praise for Alan Prendergast's THE POISON TREE

"Riveting . . . Prendergast's book is the true item--thoughtful, moving and exhaustively researched." --Rocky Mountain News

"The most chilling of all crimes." --Newsweek

"An objective, affecting account of the case . . . A searing, convincing indictment." --Publishers Weekly

"[A] thorough account . . . A story of a brutal father who drove his son to murder and of the failure of the community to respond to cries for help." --Library Journal

"Grippingly well told." --Kirkus Reviews