The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice by David Hill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250086112
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 7th, 2020

The rejuvenating mineral water from Sugar Loaf Mountain wasn't the only thing bubbling in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Before anyone had ever heard of Las Vegas, it was the place to go for gambling, booze, and prostitution, none of it legal in the buckle of the Bible Belt. That didn't stop organized crime from joining forces with the police and politicians to make the town a veritable Disneyland of vice. Al Capone relaxed there. Sophie Tucker sang in one of the clubs along Central Avenue. Babe Ruth spent spring training months there. J. Edgar Hoover didn't have much good to say about it. This is a fascinating history of the tumultuous years between the beginning of the Great Depression and the end of the 1960s, chronicling the rise and inevitable decline of a notorious city that, in its unashamed boisterousness, seemed uniquely American. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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