Friday, February 24, 2012

THE SAVAGE CITY in paperback

THE SAVAGE CITY, the scalding New York Times best-seller by T.J. English, is due out in paperback on March 20, 2012. The book chronicles a particularly violent ten-year period (1963-1973) in the recent history of New York City, with the racial tensions between the black liberation movement and the NYPD as the central fault line. The book has been praised by the New York Times, Mother Jones, The Village Voice, and other publications.

The paperback edition of THE SAVAGE CITY contains a new Afterword by the author that focuses on and updates the story of BILL PHILLIPS, a notoriously corrupt police officer who eventually got caught and testified in front of the Knapp Commission Hearings in 1971. Phillips was later convicted of the double murder of a pimp and a prostitute and sentenced to life in prison. After serving 33 years, Phillips was released. In the new Afterword to THE SAVAGE CITY, English interviews Phillips, gets his response to his portayal in the book and also solicits some starting revelations about what it was like being a former police officer in prison for more than three decades.

In addition to Phillips, THE SAVAGE CITY tells the story of GEORGE WHITMORE, a young black male who is coerced into signing a confession to a horrific double murder he did not commit, and DHORUBA BIN WAHAD, one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party in NYC. These three characters form a narrative thread in the book that reflects on different aspects of race and criminal justice in America during an especially tumultuous time.

So place your orders now for this new and updated version of the latest non-fiction masterpiece by T.J. ENGLISH, author of HAVANA NOCTURNE, THE WESTIES, and other national best sellers, an author who historian and writer Luc Sante has called "one of the great reporters of our time."

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