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"Herbert Asbury's novel was brought to my attention following the production of the movie, "Gangs of New York," which was based on Herbert Asbury's novel bearing the same name. When I found out that he wrote a similar novel based on my home town, I immediately purchased it. Much of the information came from newspapers and periodicals of the time, which makes it even more interesting of a read. If you are a New Orleans history buff, you will not put this book down until you are finished and if you are anything like me, you will hope that a film maker decides to transform this novel into an award winning movie as well. This book is unique in its treatment of the history of New Orleans in that it is not all dates and facts laid out to absorb. It has a genuine way of making you feel like you could have been there for the trials and tribulations, murders, executions and robberies. Highly recommended, with a place of honor on my bookshelf."

"Herbert Asbury must have been the daring writer of his day, daring to approach topics such as the red light district of New Orleans and the flesh trade in books that have retained a cult following to this day. He manages to present a fairly accurate history of the French Quarter, its denizens, and characters, including voodoo queens and madams and the social climates that shaped it. It portrays the politics and characters, the scoundrels and the thieves. It is a fascinating portrait of an era and a place that is a delight to visit for a time."

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Paperback 2004.

462 pages.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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