Author Tom Stanton will discuss his New York Times bestseller Terror in the City of Champions Wednesday July 19, from 3:30-4:30 in Evelyn Hall. This afternoon discussion is free and for Bay View members only. Another discussion with Tom Stanton about Terror in the City of Champions is open to the public and takes place on Thursday, July 20 in Voorhies Hall. Tickets for this event are $15 dollars and may be purchased at the Bay View Box Office (231) 348-9551 starting Thursday, June 15 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Named as a 2017 Notable Book by the Library of Michigan, Terror… tells a true story of murder, baseball, and the nefarious Black Legion secret society that flourished in Depression-era Detroit. It was the top-selling nonfiction book at independent bookstores in Michigan last year.
The book opens with the arrival of Mickey Cochrane, a fiery baseball star who rouses the Great Depression’s hardest-hit city by leading the Tigers to the 1934 pennant. A year later Cochrane guides the team to its first championship. Within seven months the Lions and Red Wings follow in football and hockey – all while Joe Louis chases boxing’s heavyweight crown.
Amidst such unrivaled sports glory, the secretive, Klan-like Black Legion is executing a wicked plan of terror, murdering enemies, bombing meeting places, flogging associates, and contemplating armed rebellion. Among its tens of thousands of members are politicians and prominent citizens.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss has called the work a “captivating slice of American history.” Columnist George F. Will has praised it as well, and in a starred review Kirkus commended it as “first-rate reporting and a seminar in how to employ context in investigative and historical journalism.”
Stanton’s other books include the critically acclaimed Tiger Stadium memoir The Final Season and the Quill Award finalist Ty and The Babe. A professor of journalism at the University of Detroit Mercy, he is a former newspaper editor and a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. He lives in New Baltimore, Michigan.
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