The Night Club Era
Walker, Stanley. The Night Club Era. First Edition. 1933. Book is good plus condition; dust jacket is in good condition—jacket shows fading to the spine, repaired tears, and fraying. Introduction by Alva Johnston.
The passage of Prohibition in 1919 did nothing to stem the flow of alcohol, but what it did accomplish was the formal introduction of the gangster into society. No one understood that better than Stanley Walker, the Pepys of Prohibition. As city editor for Herald Tribune, he lived and breathed Manhattan nightlife, and the colorful characters that flourished in this era fascinated him. This book, though very much a personal account, remains the definitive one on the subject. Copies in dust jacket are rare.