The Shame of the Cities

The Shame of the Cities First printed than a century ago this muckraking classic attacked corrupt election practices and shady dealings in businesses and city governments across the nation Taking a hard look at the unprinci

  • Title: The Shame of the Cities
  • Author: Lincoln Steffens
  • ISBN: 9780374523732
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • First printed than a century ago, this muckraking classic attacked corrupt election practices and shady dealings in businesses and city governments across the nation Taking a hard look at the unprincipled lives of political bosses, police corruption, graft payments, and other notorious political abuses of the time, the book set the style for future investigative repoFirst printed than a century ago, this muckraking classic attacked corrupt election practices and shady dealings in businesses and city governments across the nation Taking a hard look at the unprincipled lives of political bosses, police corruption, graft payments, and other notorious political abuses of the time, the book set the style for future investigative reporting Invaluable to students and teachers of early twentieth century American history, the volume remains an inspiration for all reform minded journalists.

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    1. I started reading this a few years ago and found it distant and dry and fairly non-specific. My interest in the muckrakers, however, means that I will give it another go someday.

    2. The book is highly recommended. As I understood, Steffens points to the origin of corruption to two important causes:1. Politicians and reformers are businessmen (bankers, lawyers and merchants); for they make the “commercial spirit is the spirit of profit, not patriotism; of credit, not honor; of individual gain, not national prosperity; of trade and dickering, not principle.” However, he sees hope in this kind of politicians. “If our political leader are to be always a lot of political m [...]

    3. It's great to read the old purple prose of the muckrakers, but halfway through this book the reader may pine for a little hard-nosed, modern reporting, mayhaps a few dates, a little clarification on names; you know, the simple things.Interesting though because despite the Jacob Riis photo on the cover, the "shame" of the cities in Steffens's view has nothing to do with rampant poverty. His book deals only with high-end corruption, and the "shame" supposedly comes from the inability of good citiz [...]

    4. It would be easy to become jaded after reading this book. Although written over 100 years ago it is just as truthful today regarding corruption in the cities. Pravda, the Russian newspaper, recently wrote an editorial about the illiterate American voters. We confirm the editorial every time there is an election. We elect a president that no one knows anything about then, after doing nothing for four years, re-elect him. His followers are the most corrupt ever. One good thought that the author br [...]

    5. This is one of my favorite books because it puts political corruption to a whole new light. I wonder what Lincoln Steffens would write regarding Republicans of the Bush Administrations.

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