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Lords of the Levee: The Story of Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink
by Lloyd Wendt, Herman Kogan and Bette Jore
introduction by Rick Kogan
Northwestern University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-8101-2320-5
Library of Congress Classification F548.5.W5 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.3042092

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In the early twentieth century, John Coughlin and Mike Kenna ruled Chicago's First Ward, the lucrative lakefront territory and nerve center of the city. It was one of the most infamous havens for vice in the entire country, home to gambling palaces with marble floors and mahogany bars, to a mini-city of thugs and prostitutes and down-and-outers, to dives and saloons of every description and a few beyond description. In short, the First was a gold mine. In a city where money talked, it made boisterous Bathhouse John and the laconic Hinky Dink Kenna the most powerful men in town. This classic of Chicago-style journalism traces the careers of these two operators as they rose to the top of the city's political world.

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