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The Gods of Gotham

2 Ratings: 5.0
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“The Gods of Gotham is a wonderful book. Lyndsay Faye’s command of historical detail is remarkable, and her knowledge of human character even more so. I bought into this world in the opening pages and never once had the desire to leave. It’s … see full wiki

Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
2 reviews about The Gods of Gotham
review by . March 18, 2012
It's 1845 and we are taken to the poverty stricken Sixth Ward of New York City.  The potato famine in Ireland has brought thousands of emigrants to the city. Soon embers begin to simmer between the Democrats who want the Irish vote and the Whigs who are often people who don't get their hands dirty and would like to deport the Irish to Canada.      A major fire burns down a large part of Manhattan including the bar where Timothy Wilde worked as a bartender. With few …
review by . February 07, 2012
This is a very well-written book that tells the story of the beginning of the New York City Police Department, whose members were called the "copper stars" after the badges they wore (could this be the origin of the term "copper" and subsequently "cop" for a policeman?). The protagonist is a young, newly -minted policeman whose brother is a very important and high-ranking member of the Democratic party, which controls the city, based in large part on the votes of the …
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