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Richard Zacks got his book-writing start specializing in lewd and offbeat history. His An Underground Education and History Laid Bare are classics of their kind. More recently, he is the author of The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd, chosen by Time in 2002 as one of the five best nonfiction books of the year; and The Pirate Coast (2005). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Life, Harper’s, Sports Illustrated, Village Voice, and other publications. He writes in a small office overlooking Union Square in New York City.  

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Island of Vice
Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York
Written by Richard Zacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00

In the 1890s, young cocksure Theodore Roosevelt, years before the White House, was appointed police commissioner of corrupt, pleasure-loving New York, then teeming with 40,000 prostitutes, illegal casinos and all-night dance halls. The Harvard-educated Roosevelt, with a reformer’s zeal, tried to wipe out the city’s vice and corruption. He went head-to-head... Read more >
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Island of Vice
Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York
Written by Richard Zacks


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $11.99

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An Underground Education
The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew Ab out Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human
Written by Richard Zacks


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 6, 2010
Price: $15.99

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Exam Copy
An Underground Education
The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew out Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human
Written by Richard Zacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 20, 1999
Price: $17.95

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