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Dark Harbor

The War for the New York Waterfront

Ward, Nathan, 1963-

(Book - 2010)
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Traces the historical influence of the Mafia on New York's waterfront, drawing on the investigative series of New York Sun reporter Malcolm "Mike" Johnson into the region's racketeering, violent territorial disputes, and union corruption.

McMillan Palgrave

What if the world of the old New York waterfront was as violent and mob-controlled as it appears in Hollywood movies? Well, it really was, and the story of its downfall, told here in high style by Nathan Ward, is the original New York mob story.

New York Sun reporter Malcolm “Mike” Johnson was sent to cover the murder of a West Side boss stevedore and discovered a “waterfront jungle, set against a background of New York’s magnificent skyscrapers” and providing “rich pickings for criminal gangs.” Racketeers ran their territories while doubling as union officers, from the West Side’s “Cockeye” Dunn, who’d kill for any amount of dock space, to Jersey City’s Charlie Yanowsky, who controlled rackets and hiring until he was ice-picked to death.

Johnson’s hard-hitting investigative series won a Pulitzer Prize, inspired a screenplay by Arthur Miller, and prompted Elia Kazan’s Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront. And yet J. Edgar Hoover denied the existence of organized crime - even as the government’s dramatic hearings into waterfront misdeeds became mustsee television.

Nathan Ward tells this archetypal crime story as if for the first time, taking the reader back to a city, and an era, at once more corrupt and more innocent than our own.



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"Nathan Ward's elegant and affectionate visit to gangster New York in the 1940's is excellent true crime and true history. Dark Harbor goes on the shelf next to Joseph Mitchell and A.J. Liebling"ùAlan Hirst, author of sight Soldiers

"This is terrific stuff! Carefully researched, Nathan Ward's Dark Harbor nonetheless reads as if it were ripped from the day's headlines. Here is the realù and fascinatingùstory of the waterfront."ùKevin Baker, author of Strivers Row

What if the world of the old New York waterfront was as violent and Mob-controlled as it appears in Hollywood movies?

Well, it really was, and the story of its downfall, told here in high style by Nathan Ward, is the original New York Mob story.

When the New York Sun reporter Malcolm "Mike" Johnson was sent to cover the murder of a West Side boss stevedore, he discovered a "waterfront jungle, set against a background of New York's magnificent skyscrapers" and providing "rich pickings for criminal gangs." Racketeers ran their territories while doubling as union officers, from the West Side's "Cockeye" Dunn, who'd kill for any amount of dock space, to Jersey City's Charlie Yanowsky, who controlled rackets and hiring until he was ice-picked to death.

Johnson's hard-hitting investigative series won a Pulitzer Prize, inspired a screenplay by Arthur Miller, and prompted Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront. And yet, Edgar Hoover denied the existence of organized crimeùeven as the government's dramatic hearings into waterfront misdeeds became must-see television.

Nathan Ward tells this archetypal crime story as if for the first time, taking the reader back to a city, and an era, at once more corrupt and more innocent than our own.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the historical influence of the mafia on New York's waterfront, drawing on the Pulitzer-winning investigative series of Malcolm "Mike" Johnson into the region's racketeering, violent territorial disputes and union corruption.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374286221
9780374286224
Branch Call Number: 364.1066 W
Characteristics: xx, 250 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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