Boss Tweed: The Story of a Grim Generation
Lynch, Denis Tilden
Price: 35.00 USD
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1927. 433, illus., bibliography, index, some weakness to boards, boards somewhat worn and soiled, front endpaper scuffed. No political scandal in American history has had a greater impact on America's political consciousness than the rise and fall of the "Tweed Ring" in New York City between 1866 and 1871. In an age ripe with scandal both public and private, the spectacular corruption charged to "Boss" Tweed and his associates--estimates of their extortion range from $20 million to $200 million--became an enduring symbol of the dark side of democratic politics. Denis Tilden Lynch's biography of "Boss" Tweed was published in 1927, in a time filled, like Tweed's, with sudden prosperity, daunting problems, and spectacular scandals. It is a straight-forward, workmanlike study, untroubled by the conceits of modern historical scholarship, and close enough to its subject's generation to have some of the immediacy of journalism. Of all the books published about the Tweed affair, Lynch's study is the only one that is a genuine biography, in whichthe man himself is the focus. Third Printing. fair.