Review: Mahler’s Ladies and Gentleman the Bronx is Burning

This, and many more reviews I’ve been posting lately originally appeared in 2007 on a now defunct livejournal.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

Jonathan Mahler

This is exactly what a journalistic history book should be. Fast, fun, and informative, as the book reviewers would say. Plus, it’s about baseball, riots, tabloid journalism, politicians and serial killers all in New York in the 1970s. What’s not to like?

Its kind of hard to remember now, but New York in 1977 was a city on the verge of total and utter collapse. We’re talking bankruptcy, massive civil unrest, serial killers. Oh, and Reggie Jackson. If you give a shit about baseball and New York, or just really good writing, you should read this book.