Or with his personal issues which included referring to himself in third person and "The Hint Of Mental Instability So I "hint of mental instability So I no idea what to expect when I started reading this book Well to say George lived a colorful life is an understatement As an attorney he found a way to procure alcohol legally for medicinal purposes This subterfuge allowed him to take control of a large percentage of distilleries From there he built a very lucrative bootlegging operation which made him uite wealthy earning him the moniker The King of the Bootleggers George and his second wife Imogene lived a lavish lifestyle handing out diamonds and cars to their party guests but the law was not ignorant of his enterprise Enter Mabel Walker Willebrandt a prosecutor with the Attorney General s office whose job it was to investigate and prosecute violators of the Volstead Act Mabel Walker WillebrandtThis is where the story really gets interesting One of Wellebrant s agents Frank Dodge was assigned the task of infiltrating Remus empire Frank s involvement lead to a shocking turn of events that would have made a gripping crime novel The head spinning twist and turns in this case just goes to show that truth really is stranger than fictionImogene RemusSince Truman Capote spoiled us
with his True Crime Novel any other approach to this genre can be mind numbingly his True Crime Novel any other approach to this genre can be mind numbingly Yet Karen Abbott has employed a new techniue which I thought worked out uite well The book is written in the standard chronological format thank goodness as I ve never seen nonfiction work out when someone gets creative with the timeline The research is also noteworthy as the author had access to thousands of pages of transcripts Naturally this reuires exceptional organizational skill and Ms Abbot did a phenomenal job with so much material George Remus There are many people involved in this tale and unlike fiction where the author has control over the number of characters involved in the plot the author didn t have that same luxury when it came to writing nonfiction Still I thought Abbott handled it nicely including all the key players in this saga without allowing it to slow down the momentum In fact the book is very fast paced and held my interest all throughout Frank DodgeAs one will gather from the title bootlegging is not the only crime at play A murder is eminent which is where Abbot applies one truly uniue and clever trick Unless one already knows how this story plays out the victim and the murderer remain a secret until the killing transpires in real time Abbott keeps us on the edge of our seat building the suspense and keeping one guessing like this was a fictional murder mystery Then there is that stunning trial The prosecutor was Charles Phelps Taft II son of William Howard Taft But ou will have to read this book to believe how it concluded It s one of the most insane trials I ve ever read about from this era Talk about putting on a show I admit by the time I turned the final page I was shaking my head in disbelief This is one bizarre story and will take readers on a wild roller coaster ride through prohibition and the politics of the day But mostly this is one of the most entertaining true crime books I ve read 5 stars. Uming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus Eager to prove them wrong she dispatches her best investigator Franklin Dodge to look into his empire It's a decision with deadly conseuences With Remus behind bars Dodge and Imogene begin an affair and plot to ruin him sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government and that can only end in murd. Ing immortalized on the proverbial pageSuch is the case with the subjects of this particular narrative Remus is certainly a savvy businessman but he s also mentally unstable and not much of an intellectual even if ou concede he had some decent street smarts Even that feels worthless though since by the end of his tale he s barely comprehensible Imogene seems like a nasty opportunist rather than the clever con woman who finally snaps that the book seems to want her to beAbbott s writing and research are both good but the choice of subject matter feels ill advised While the story has some interesting moments it simply isn t compelling enough to warrant an entire book This could have been a great long form article but as a book it feels indulgent and excessiveI received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review I appropriately picked up this book last fall at the Cincinnati literary festival Books by the Banks At the time I didn t realize the book was set in the area In this true crime tale Abbott sets out the story of George Remus a teetotaler who built a whiskey empire during
Prohibition and was so successful that at one point he controlled 30% of the liuor consumed and was so successful that at one point he controlled 30% of the liuor consumed that time I felt like I was reading about a real life Jay Gatsby the real life details about Remus s wild parties were unbelievableA truth is stranger than fiction epic from the Jazz Age I have read all of Abbott s books even though I am primarily a fiction reader I love them because they read like novels This one reads like a literary legal thriller It has some INSANE twists I love that things actually happened that would Before Al Capone is known a German immigrant George Remus sees the many opportunities Prohibition offers and seizes the chance Although he was currently working as a lawyer he becomes the king of the bootleggers In a few ears he and his wife Imogene amass a fortune The best cars clothes s huge mansion in Cincinnati with all the best furnishing Remus even has a swimming pool built just for ImogeneThis massive display if wealth comes to the attention of Mabel Willebrandt a woman one of only s few in charge of prosecuting these notorious bootleggers She sends her investigator Dodge a huge mistake as it provides the impetus for all that follows including the nurseNarrative non fiction easy to follow well researched and uite interesting Jazz age excess and crime seems to go hand in hand Such an interesting time period The descriptions are vividly portrayed and one gets s good sense of the characters and their motives Hearing actual parts of the trial was an added bonus The narrators were Rob Shapiro and Cassandra Campbell who I thought were excellent I m not sure I would have enjoyed reading this book a ps much as I did by listening to the audio The Ghosts of Eden Park The Bootleg King the Women Who Pursued Him and
the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age America by Karen Abbott is Murder That Shocked Jazz Age America by Karen Abbott is 2019 Crown Publishing Group publication An absorbing and shocking true crime sagaGeorge Remus is a name I was only moderately familiar with I knew he was a famous bootlegger during prohibition but I didn t know much than that I had not familiarized myself with his complex criminal operation. Glamorous second wife Imogene host at their Cincinnati mansion with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand new Pontiacs for the women By the summer of 1921 Remus owns 35 percent of all the liuor in the United StatesPioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down Willebrandt's bosses at the US Attorney's office hired her right out of law school ass. HAPPY PUB DAY Sexy smart compulsively readable and expertly researched The Ghosts of Eden Park Karen AbbottKaren Abbott brilliantly pieces together this page turner through meticulous resource and without any fictional dialogue With so much chronicled information I suspected this might be a dry journaling of events but no far from it It is a rich narrative a captivating story about a volatile time in
AMERICAN HISTORY THAT INVOLVED WIDESPREAD CORRUPTIONhistory that involved widespread corruption a who s who of politicians judges law enforcement and civilians So many wanted a piece of the bootlegging action Each major character either good or bad was masterfully depicted by Abbott and fascinating to follow Day to day business included maneuvering extortion bribery backstabbing and an incomprehensible volume of money mind boggling It was difficult choosing my favorite character as I was as fascinated by the good guys as well as the bad Mabel Walker Willenbrandt the First Lady of Law was an inspiration George Remus pharmacist lawyer and bootlegger was one heck of a visionary A genius with unpredictable anger insane jealousy and misplaced trust I was gobsmacked by his story One of the best non fiction books I have read Many thanks to Crown Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis wasn t that interesting to me It wasn t horrible but I ve read better true crime novels Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram 35 starsThis book is hard for me to review due to two reasons first I read it in starts and stops and secondly although very well researched it became boring in spots However it is due back to the library today so I lack the time to ponder or procrastinate Gangsters bootleggers crime and corruption and all in the Midwest That is what drew me to the book And there was plenty of that for the taking The star of this book was George Remus multimillionaire and known as the King of the Bootleggers With most of the local police in his pocket a mansion in Cincinnati and a rebellious wife Imogene George owned a third of all liuor in the United States Then with George in prison Imogene decides to take him off his throne and she sells off most of his millions The result murder This is non fiction and very well researched It takes Colp you through a time and place that is little known to most people This story of prohibition took place before even Al Capone was notorious It tells of the rise of George Remus his life with his wife Imogene and through his trial Then also of the aftermath of his imprisonment Boring in spots when the details over ran the story and entertaining in learning the history of Remus and his bootlegging days Competently executedet disappointingly dull I have greatly enjoyed Abbott s other work and expected this to be a slam dunk Unfortunately I found myself bored of the narrative and apathetic about the subject matterGenerally speaking bootlegging and Prohibition are not topics that lend themselves particularly well to narrative nonfiction
They Certainly Seem Like They Should Largelycertainly seem like they should largely fiction has done such a good job with this topic but the sad fact is that money and temporary criminal success don t necessarily make a subject worthy of be. The true crime story of bootlegger George Remus and the murder that shocked the nationIn the early days of Prohibition long before Al Capone became a household name a German immigrant named George Remus uits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey Within two ears he's a multimillionaire The press calls him King of the Bootleggers writing breathless stories about the Gatsby esue events he and his. .