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The Devil's playground : a century of pleasure and profit in Times Square

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The Devil's playground : a century of pleasure and profit in Times Square

 

Title:
The Devil's playground : a century of pleasure and profit in Times Square
Name:
Traub, James
Published:
New York : Random House, c2004
Edition:
1st ed
Physical Description:
xvii, 313 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects:
Popular culture > New York (State) > New York > History > 20th century.
Times Square (New York, N.Y.) > History > 20th century.
New York (N.Y.) > History > 20th century.
New York (N.Y.) > Social conditions > 20th century.
New York (N.Y.) > Biography.
Times Square (New York, N.Y.)
Summary:
"As Times Square turns 100, New York Times Magazine contributing writer James Traub tells the story of how this mercurial district became one of the most famous and exciting places in the world. The Devil's Playground is classic and colorful American history, from the first years of the twentieth century through the Runyonesque heyday of nightclubs and theaters in the 1920s and '30s, to the district's decline in the 1960s and its glittering corporate revival in the 1990s." "First, Traub gives us the great impresarios, wits, tunesmiths, newspaper columnists, and nocturnal creatures who shaped Times Square over the century since the place first got its name: Oscar Hammerstein, Florenz Ziegfeld, George S. Kaufman, Damon Runyon, Walter Winchell, and "the Queen of the Nightclubs," Texas Guinan; bards like A. J. Liebling, Joe Mitchell, and the Beats, who celebrated the drug dealers and pimps of 42nd Street. He describes Times Square's notorious collapse into pathology and the fierce debates over how best to restore it to life." "Traub then goes on to scrutinize today's Times Square as no author has yet done. He writes about the new 42nd Street, the giant Toys "R" Us Store with its flashing Ferris wheel, the new world of corporate theater, and the sex shops trying to leave their history behind."--BOOK JACKET
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