Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America (PDF)


Secrets of a Great Resume eI love baseball but that is not what I wasxpecting to read about here Examples like those detract from the overall uality of the book at least for me My To Die For edition was 754 pages I think itasily could have been reduced by 13 and the book probably would have been better There was a long section on Socialist organizing and unions out East only for Lukas to later call it a sideshow As I was reading at one point I thought to myself Can we get to the trial yet I was on page 429 It was almost one hundred pages before Lukas got to the beginning of the trial and Celestial Teachings even then he kept careening off courselsewhere This is not a bad book but it tested my patience unlike any book I have read in the last several years Where Lukas is good is when he actually focuses on the murder the trial the jury selection and the providing context to the times the people and Idaho When he does this the narrative is interesting and the writing flows And some of the jaunts that he makes are worthwhile such as Theodore Roosevelt s involvement It was larger than he or his administration let on Also Lukas provided a lot of background on the Pinkerton Detective Agency and in particular James McParland one of its high ranking officials whose methods were highly dubious and Belly Up (FunJungle) ethically uestionable I could go on but I don t want to be long winded as I think Lukas did thatnough for me Again this is not a bad book the historical context is well done if not usually too well done characters are fleshed out the parts that concern the trial are very good and the state of Idaho itself feels like a character given how much Lukas focuses on it If you have a few weeks that you would like to devote to reading about the Western Federation of Miners Socialism and Viet Cong early 1900s western America this would be a good choice OtherwiseGrade C SPOILER ALERTPacked with digressions its of a historicalncyclopedia of its Sex Fitness Stroke Skills Americana era than a tight narrative this is a very well researched tomeThe author s anti union bias is hinted at throughout the book but in the afterward he reveals himself declaring the guilt of the accused all of whom were acuitted BTW based on correspondence between two socialist journalists a decade after the fact One of those journalists was utterly discredited by othervidence presented within the book so its a pretty weak hook to hang someone s historical reputation onLots of bad actors back in the day Reminds me at what bitter cost what little measure of workplace safety and dignity we have today was purchased For contemporary broadly defined history I will usually prefer a professional journalist to an academic historian They often write better presumably because unlike academics they have to be able to sell copy to publishers and readersLukas Big Trouble is a good Wofford College, South Carolina example of anxcellent piece of history composed by a journalist Not only does he tell the story of a particular trial which highlighted class struggle in arly 20th century America but he also fleshes it out with apt descriptions of small town life in the west of baseball town life in the west of baseball authentic popular roots of US labor history and of the lives of such principals as Clarence Darrow and Big Bill Haywood President of the Western Federation of Miners and one of the founders of the IWW So doing he makes the time and the place of his account real to the reader as real as a good novel After he finished writing Big Trouble J Lukas grew despondent and committed suicide Although Lukas may have that he failed in his ambition for this book I for one am grateful for the work that he left behind This is a long sprawling book about a part of American history that most people know very little about the near civil war that raged in the Western United States in the 1890 s and arly 1900 s that pitted miners against mine owners and their allies in governmentAt that time our country was far from a perfect union and the collision of these forces as mining companies Cucked in Cancun (Queen of Spades Book 3) embarked on large scalexploitation of the West s natural resources mobilizing masses of laborers led to violence and insurrection Pivotal vents in the book include the assassination of Idaho governor Frank Steuenberg by a mysterious "gunman and the nsuing trial of a union official who was his alleged assailant the rebellion "and the The Last Time We Saw Marion ensuing trial of a union official who was his alleged assailant the rebellion Coeur D Alene silver miners and anxplosion in Colorado The book which was To Have or to Be? The Nature of the Psyche extensively researched by Lukas is this and much We get the inside story of how detective agencies operated on behalf of the miners and government officials We learn about how jury manipulation was practiced in 1905 in Idaho Anntire chapter is devoted to professional baseball in the Western states while another chapter illuminates for us the traveling Historia de arrabal entertainment circuit that served the growing and newly respectable cities of this region focusing on a particular appearance by the young Ethel BarryThis is history from the ground up as well as the bird sye view It s a wonderful immersion xperience that also reminds us that class warfare with the mphasis on warfare is part of the American Story A little background as it relates to this book Frank Steunenberg August 8 1861 December 30 1905 was the fourth Governor of the State of Idaho serving from 1897 until 1901 He is perhaps best known for his 1905 assassination by one time union member and paid assassin Harry Orchard who was also an informant for the Cripple Creek Mine Owners Association Orchard attempted to implicate leaders of the radical Western Federation of Miners in the assassination The labor leaders were found not guilty in two trials Clarence Darrow defended them but Orchard spent the rest of his life in prison Steunenberg was assassinated in retaliation for his actions that he. Ve Pinkerton James McParland takes over the investigation His daringly Georgette Heyers Regency World executed plan to kidnap the radical union leader Big Bill Haywood from Colorado to stand trial in Idaho sets the stage for a memorable courtroom confrontation between the flamboyant prosecutor progressive senator William Borah and the young defender of the dispossessed Clarence Darrow Big Trouble captures the tumultuous first decade of the twentieth century when capital and labor particularly in the raw acuisitive West we. Oh man this is a hard book to review Buried deep within this uite lengthy tome is a great book about the assassination of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg and thensuing Trial of the Century of Big Bill Haywood The problem is that within the book are a couple dozen good long articles on other subjects some of which are related to the main story and arguably useful and some of w Wow The amount of work it takes to produce one of these tomes is unbelievable reading countless old newspaper articles court transcripts letters papers books The Meaning of Creation etc I lovedvery word of it The story is about the dreadful assassination of the former governor of Idaho by a bomb under his front gate triggered by its opening right after Christmas 1905 The perpetrator apprehended uickly fingered three officials of a mining union who were then prosecuted in 1907 In telling the story the author has written a comprehensive tale of American labor struggles but also of multiple other aspects of American life such as the blatant cor Possibly the most My Brothers Keeper engrossing history I have read It does read like a novel bu with the occasional brief detour toxplain who the Buffalo Soldiers were at they appear in the tale as the first black soldiers to guard white men the mine strikers who are at the base of this story The great labor leaders of the robber baron La decisión de Stinger era aressentially kidnapped by agents of the state of Idaho to try for the murder of a past governor who put down the miners strike The cast includes legal and political luminaries sports and Celebrity Pass entertainment celebrities villanous privateyes the Pinkertons indians mormons soldiersThough seven hundred plus pages it will not sit at the bedside for Dirty Desire (Dread and Terrible, even a week Lukas was a gifted writer and his talents are on full display in Big Trouble For the writing alone I can t rate this book below four stars But I can t rate it any higher because for me the material was too sprawling Virtuallyvery individual or notable place or Star Wars Myths Fables event received a three or four page diversional history When it worked I loved the richness of the story and when it didn t I couldn t wait for the author to get back to the main point Sometimes I checked out mentally andither went back to re read a passage or I accepted the inevitable confusion awaiting meMuch of the material relates to the history of the lead characters of the book the northwestern US mainly Idaho and its leading inhabitants in the last and first decades of the 19th 20th centuries respectively the mineworkers and mine owners of the northwest labor unions the press the Socialist party and sundry people and histories of the time I would recommend this book with reservations Idahoans and fans of late 19th century history seem to be a wheelhouse audience I read the paperback but Kindle would have been a better choice for the dictionary I should have regularly consulted but didn t have handy It might be best appreciated as an audible book on a long ride through the northwestern US a really long ride it s a big bookI m a much bigger fan of Lukas s grand pic Common Ground The writing was outstanding as it is in Big Trouble and the story is tightly bound Lukas was living in the era of the book and interviewed its subjects over long periods so of the book and interviewed its subjects over long periods so Was No Speculation About The Events Depicted no speculation about the vents depicted there was in Big Trouble and his personal interjections seemed stronger Perhaps Common Ground was appealing to me because I m familiar with the names and places described Calculus for Biology and Medicine: United States Edition even if I was too young to remember thevents but in familiar with the names and places described Ah ! My Goddess - Tome 23 even if I was too young to remember thevents but in The Gondola Maker event I would recommend Common Ground to a wider audience You know the feeling you have when you talk to someone who is long winded Someone who starts talking about a certain topic but uickly gets derailed launching off into something that may only be tangentially related to the original point of discussion only to come back to it then uickly go away from it again in a completely different direction And thend result is that the conversation you thought you were going to have was not uite what you had xpected and tried your patience in the process That is what this book was to meThis is ostensibly about the assassination of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg And it is somewhat But J Anthony Lukas bounces around so much that there are many times in the book the reader is carried far away both mentally and geographically from Caldwell Idaho We spend time in Denver in New York in Chicago in Spokane WA in Kansas in Canada in Washington DC in Cuba in Pennsylvania and all over Idaho I am sure I am leaving a few places out Some of the detours make sense although I think the time spent in some of the places was xcessive And some did not need to be in the book at allTwo Drawing with Your Four- to Eleven-Year-Old examples of the latter 1 the actress Ethel Barry happened to be traveling through Boise doing a play while the murder trial of William Haywood was ongoing She attended the trial for the one day that she was in town That is thextent of her connection using that word loosely to what the book is supposed to be about She had no personal interest nor knew anyone involved in the trial Instead of devoting one paragraph to her appearance coinciding with the trial Lukas talks about her for fifteen pages 2 The Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Walter Johnson was just beginning his career not ven in the big leagues yet playing for the small town of Weiser ID Yes he was a sensation Yes on Sundays when the trial was not in session many of its participants went to baseball games and a few of them involved Johnson No he had absolutely nothing to do with the trial Yet about a dozen pages are devoted to him Again this could have been dispensed with in a single paragraph And I say this as a baseball fan. Hailed as toweringly important Balti Sun a work of scrupulous and significant reportage E L Doctorow and an unforgettable historical drama Chicago Sun Times Big Trouble brings to life the astonishing case that ultimately ngaged President Theodore Roosevelt Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and the politics and passions of an ntire nation at century's turn After Idaho's former governor is blown up by a bomb at his garden gate at Christmastime 1905 America's most celebrated detecti.

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Took in 1899 That year miners in Northern Idaho struck demanding higher wages Steunenberg declared martial law and reuested Federal troops to nforce it the National Guard was in the Philippines in 1899 He got Federal troops black troops from the 24th Infantry Regiment and the labor union s strike was broken Steunenberg Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb earned the undyingnmity of the union for not only were miners rounded up without due process but the troops were black Black soldiers arresting white men in a time when racism was legal and institutionalized An unforgivable act to many in the United States in 1899 The governor became the mortal Operation Cinderella (Suddenly Cinderella, enemy of labor after that andventually the union got Spawn of the Winds even I m a police officer with the City of Caldwell Idaho and I have lived and worked in Caldwell for sixteen years When we first moved to the city we lived one block north from where the old Steuenberg residence once sat 1602 Dearborn Street The very spot where he was killed by the bomb So the book has than just an academic interest for me Amazingly there are many who have lived here their whole lives and they know nothing about Steuenberg s life or death But I m getting off trackIt is a huge book crammed with information and took me almost three months to get through it Not surprisingly the chapters dealing with the actual investigation the individuals directly involved and the state of criminal justice in the United States in 1905 were the ones that were of particular interest to me I read through those chapters almost with pausing which is significant since most of the chapters average forty to fifty pages This is not a beach book I found the book to be fascinating with microscopic historical details that are necessary The book gives you an in depth look at a specific time in the country s history Thextensive backgrounds that Lukas provides for the many characters are also Modoc essential For not only do they help the reader to understand the involved people but the details also help toxplain why the nation was like it was in 1906 Different but similar to the United States in 2015Lukas did an The Testaments (The Handmaids Tale, excellent job showing this time and the many tensions thatxisted And whether he meant to or not Lukas also shows that we aren t so far removed from our ancestors They too were convinced that their time was the worst and that the world was going to hell in a hand basket They knew it and nothing anyone said would change their minds Somehow I find that refreshing If nothing Historias de cronopios y de famas else this book should dispel the myth that living in thearly 1900 s were simpler than contemporary times Nonsense The Venice: A New History early 1900 s were were just as stressful for those living then as 2015 can be for us The book Humanizes what seems to be a rather distantra It adds color to those great old black and white photos Big Trouble by J Anthony LukasSpeaking with reporters before he left town Darrow said It looks very much like another case of the oppression of the weak by the strong In short it was a case made to Order For Clarence Darrow Attorney for Clarence Darrow attorney the downtrodden and dispossessedBig Trouble is a vastly The Moses Riddle (Treasure Hunter entertaining andpic tome covering a seemingly insignificant Tys Obsession (Whispering Pines Ranch, event in America s history the 1905 assassination of Frank Steunenberg thex governor of Idaho who had a prior history of brutally suppressing miner strikes in northern Idaho The strikers anarchists and labor union agitators themselves were no snowflakes When Steunenberg is tragically blown up by several sticks of TNT after An Orphan as a Missionary entering his gated yard in Caldwell outside Boise the line has been crossed and outragensues It had been several years since Steunenberg had occupied any government position and so the murder seemed to most people regardless of their political beliefs to be horrifically senseless The case and subseuent trial against Bill Haywood treasurer of the Wobblies labor organization and one of the associates unfolds in detail The action largely centers around Boise The Pinkerton agency hired by Idaho s fledgling and largely corrupt government tracks down the murderer kidnaps what they believe are his labor union conspirators and brings them by secret train from Colorado to Idaho The Pinkertons with the backing of government officials at the local state and federal levels stop at nothing including the law to try to prosecute the defendants Emerging superstar attorney Clarence Darrow is hired by the defense Even President Teddy Roosevelt is Januarys Sparrow eager to weigh in and declare the defendants guilty But TR is dismayed when he learns the prosecutor of the case is under indictment by his own US attorney s office and realizes that he stepped into a hornet s nest which could affect his presidency Everyonelse in America also seemed to have had an opinion about the upcoming trial but a dutiful sheriff and fair minded judge are seemingly wary of agitators the Pinkerton tactics and the government dutiful sheriff and fair minded judge are seemingly wary of agitators the Pinkerton tactics and the government structureThe author J Anthony Lukas had already won two Pulitzers one for journalism and one for his book on 1970 s segregation in Boston called Common Ground Big Trouble was his last published work and in my opinion is much better than Common Ground and should have garnered awards5 stars Leathercrafting Project Book easy A wonderfully fair minded history book Despite its length I was sad to see itnd There are many cameos by muckrakers and notable personae who passed through Boise during the months of the trial Although not Sam and Dave Dig a Hole essential to the story these asides added context to the historical setting And the writing was goodnough that the tangents worked for meAn unuestionably superb drama and snapshot of this slice of America The level of detail research and uality of writing is probably an unparalleled view into the Idaho of 1900 My last read of the decade. Re pitted against ach other in something close to class war Lukas paints a vivid portrait of a time and place in which actress Ethel Barry baseball phenom Walter Johnson and ditor William Allen White jostled with railroad magnate E H Harriman socialist Eugene V Debs gunslinger Charlie Siringo and Operative 21 the intrepid Pinkerton agent who infiltrated Darrow's defense team This is a grand narrative of the United States as it charged full of hope and trepidation into the twentieth century. Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America


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