The Allegheny City Society Book Club has been on COVID-19 hiatus. In early 2021 we plan to try Zoom discussions. Once meeting in person is safer we hope to get back to having in person discussions. In the meantime: happy reading!
The Allegheny City Society Book Club is based on Pittsburgh’s North Side. We read and discuss local history and local authors with gatherings on the 2nd Thursday every other month.
Our next book for discussion is “Wicked Pittsburgh” by Richard Gazarik. Muckraking journalist Walter Liggett dubbed Pittsburgh the “Metropolis of Corruption” in 1930 when he reported the city had more vice per square foot than New York, Detroit, Cleveland or Boston. Decades earlier, the Magee-Flinn political machine ruled public officials, and crooked police helped racketeers protect brothels and gambling dens. Mayor (later Governor) David Lawrence was indicted several times for graft but acquitted each time. Even Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. colluded with gangsters, according to FBI reports. Join author Richard Gazarik as he reveals the wicked history of the Steel City.
We’ll begin at 7pm and wrap up by 8:30pm.
To receive the link to the Zoom meeting, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.