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Ism and one for his book on 1970 s segregation in Boston called Common Ground Big Trouble was his last published work and in my opinion is much better than Common Ground and should have garnered awards5 stars easy A wonderfully fair minded history book Despite its length I was sad to see it end There are many cameos by muckrakers and notable personae who passed through Boise during the months of the trial Although not essential to the story these asides added context to the historical setting And the writing was good enough that the tangents worked for meAn unuestionably superb drama and snapshot of this slice of America The level of detail research and uality of writing is probably an unparalleled view into the Idaho of 1900 My last read of the decade For contemporary broadly defined history I will usually prefer a professional journalist to an academic historian They often write better presumably because unlike academics they have to be able to sell copy to publishers and readersLukas Big Trouble is a good example of an excellent piece of history composed by a journalist Not only does he tell the story of a particular trial which highlighted class struggle in early 20th century America but he also fleshes it out with apt descriptions of small town life in the west of baseball s authentic popular roots of US labor history and of the lives of such principals as Clarence Darrow and Big Bill Haywood President of the Western Federation of Miners and one of the founders of the IWW So doing he makes the time and the place of his account real to the reader as real as a good novel Lukas was a gifted writer and his talents are on full display in Big Trouble For the writing alone I can t rate this book below four stars But I can t rate it any higher because for me the material was too sprawling Virtually every individual or notable place or event received a three or four page diversional history When it worked I loved the richness of the story and when it didn t I couldn t wait for the author to get back to the main point Sometimes I checked out mentally and either went back to re read a passage or I accepted the inevitable confusion awaiting meMuch of the material relates to the history of the lead characters of the book the northwestern US mainly Idaho and its leading inhabitants in the last and first decades of the 19th 20th centuries respectively the mineworkers and mine owners of the northwest labor unions the press the Socialist party and sundry people and histories of the time I would recommend this book with reservations Idahoans and fans of late 19th century history seem to be a wheelhouse audience I read the paperback but Kindle would have been a better choice for the dictionary I should have regularly consulted but didn t have handy It might be best appreciated as an audible book on a long ride through the northwestern US a really long ride it s a big bookI m a much bigger fan of Lukas s grand epic Common Ground The writing was outstanding as it is in Big Trouble and the story is tightly bound Lukas was living in the era of the book and interviewed its subjects over long periods so there was no speculation about the events depicted as there was in Big Trouble and his personal interjections seemed stronger Perhaps Common Ground was appealing to me because I m familiar with the names and places described even if I was too oung to remember the events but in any Event I Would Recommend Common Ground To I would recommend Common Ground to wider audience Oh man this is a hard book to review Buried deep within this uite lengthy tome is a great book about the assassination of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg and the ensuing Trial of the Century of Big Bill Haywood The problem is that within the book are a couple dozen good long articles on other subjects some of which are related to the main story and arguably useful and some of which are so tangentially related that they made for page skipping material And therein lies the problem Lukas research as best I can tell was impeccable And his writing is clear and strong and readable Unfortunately he never met a digression he didn t feel it was necessary to delve into at lengthgreat length And I m aware that some of the digressions clearly added to the story Clarence Darrow represented Haywood and a significant look into his life Was Warranted Governor Steunenberg S warranted Governor Steunenberg s during the Coeur d Alene strikes were clearly necessary background What wasn t necessary background was a long history of African American soldiers in the American West and a history of the Spanish American War due to the stationing of the black 24th Infantry Regiment in North Idaho during the 1899 labor confrontation And just because Ethel Barry attended a day of the Haywood trial doesn t mean we need long look at her life loves friendships etc Likewise I didn t need long articles on Gifford Pinchot and the history of forestry in the US the history of the Social Gospel in the US Jewish immigration into the US the history of and the growth of the Elk s Lodge etc etc I ll cut some slack on town baseball in Idaho and Walter Johnson because It S Interestingbut It s interestingbut it was far from necessary And therein lies the problem A book about a compelling subject with good research and written by an author with a good voice constantly bogs down in digressions and minutiae This was particularly disappointing for me I grew up in Idaho And while I never lived in Caldwell my Grandparents did I also lived for a number of ears in Boise and I know a lot of the places described by Lukas Add to that that I m a defense attorney and that Clarence Darrow is a bit of a hero of mine and this book should have been something I couldn t put down And the really sad part is that it easily could have been if somebody had been able to convince Lukas to edit out at least a third of the book I think it could have been up to half As it stands I view it as a successful failur. Re pitted against each other in something close to class war Lukas paints a vivid portrait of a time and place in which actress Ethel Barry baseball phenom Walter Johnson and editor William Allen White jostled with railroad magnate E H Harriman socialist Eugene V Debs gunslinger Charlie Siringo and Operative 21 the intrepid Pinkerton agent who infiltrated Darrow's defense team This is a grand narrative of the United States as it charged full of hope and trepidation into the twentieth century. Daho struck demanding higher wages Steunenberg declared martial law and reuested Federal troops to enforce it the National Guard was in the Philippines in 1899 He got Federal troops black troops from the 24th Infantry Regiment and the labor union s strike was broken Steunenberg earned the undying enmity of the union for not only were miners rounded up without due process but the troops were black Black soldiers arresting white men in a time when racism was legal and institutionalized An unforgivable act to many in the United States in 1899 The governor became the mortal enemy of labor after that and eventually the union got even I m a police officer with the City of Caldwell Idaho and I have lived and worked in Caldwell for sixteen ears When we first moved to the city we lived one block north from where the old Steuenberg residence once sat 1602 Dearborn Street The very spot where he was killed by the bomb So the book has than just an academic interest for me Amazingly there are many who have lived here their whole lives and they know nothing about Steuenberg s life or death But I m getting off trackIt is a huge book crammed with information and took me almost three months to get through it Not surprisingly the chapters dealing with the actual investigation the individuals directly involved and the state of criminal justice in the United States in 1905 were the ones that were of particular interest to me I read through those chapters almost with pausing which is significant since most of the chapters average forty to fifty pages This is not a beach book I found the book to be fascinating with microscopic historical details that are necessary The book gives ou an in depth look at a specific time in the country s history The extensive backgrounds that Lukas provides for the many characters are also essential For not only do they help the reader to understand the involved people but the details also help to explain why the nation was like it was in 1906 Different but similar to the United States in 2015Lukas did an excellent job showing this time and the many tensions that existed And whether he meant to or not Lukas also shows that we aren t so far removed from our ancestors They too were convinced that their time was the worst and that the world was going to hell in a hand basket They knew it and nothing anyone said would change their minds Somehow I find that refreshing If nothing else this book should dispel the myth that living in the early 1900 s were simpler than contemporary times Nonsense The early 1900 s were were just as stressful for those living then as 2015 can be for us The book Humanizes what seems to be a rather distant era It adds color to those great old black and white photos SPOILER ALERTPacked with digressions its of a historical encyclopedia of its era than a tight narrative this is a very well researched tomeThe author s anti union bias is hinted at throughout the book but in the afterward he reveals himself declaring the guilt of the accused all of whom were acuitted BTW based on correspondence between two Possibly the most engrossing history I have read It does read like a novel bu with the occasional brief detour to explain who the Buffalo Soldiers were at they appear in the tale as the first black soldiers to guard white men the mine strikers who are at the base of this story The great labor leaders of the robber baron era are essentially kidnapped by agents of the state of Idaho to try for the murder of a past governor who put down the miners strike The cast includes legal and political luminaries sports and entertainment celebrities villanous private eyes the Pinkertons indians mormons soldiersThough seven hundred PLUS PAGES IT WILL NOT SIT pages it will not sit the bedside for even a week Big Trouble by J Anthony LukasSpeaking with reporters before he left town Darrow said It looks very much like another case of the oppression of the weak by the strong In short it was a case made to order for Clarence Darrow attorney for the downtrodden and dispossessedBig Trouble is a vastly entertaining and epic tome covering a seemingly insignificant event in America s history the 1905 assassination of Frank Steunenberg the ex governor of Idaho who had a prior history of brutally suppressing miner strikes in northern Idaho The strikers anarchists and labor union agitators themselves were no snowflakes When Steunenberg is tragically blown up by several sticks of TNT after entering his gated ard in Caldwell outside Boise the line has been crossed and outrage ensues It had been several ears since Steunenberg had occupied any government position and so the murder seemed to most people regardless of their political beliefs to be horrifically senseless The case and subseuent trial against Bill Haywood treasurer of the Wobblies labor organization and one of the associates unfolds in detail The action largely centers around Boise The Pinkerton agency hired by Idaho s fledgling and largely corrupt government TRACKS DOWN THE MURDERER KIDNAPS WHAT THEY BELIEVE ARE down the murderer kidnaps what they believe are labor union conspirators and brings them by secret train from Colorado to Idaho The Pinkertons with the backing of government officials at the local state and federal levels stop at nothing including the law to try to prosecute the defendants Emerging superstar attorney Clarence Darrow is hired by the defense Even President Teddy Roosevelt is eager to weigh in and declare the defendants guilty But TR is dismayed when he learns the prosecutor of the case is under indictment by his own US attorney s office and realizes that he stepped into a hornet s nest which could affect his presidency Everyone else in America also seemed to have had an opinion about the upcoming trial but a dutiful sheriff and fair minded judge are seemingly wary of agitators the Pinkerton tactics and the government power structureThe author J Anthony Lukas had already won two Pulitzers one for journal. Ve Pinkerton James McParland takes over the investigation His daringly executed plan to kidnap the radical union leader Big Bill Haywood from Colorado to stand trial in Idaho sets the stage for a memorable courtroom confrontation between the flamboyant prosecutor progressive senator William Borah and the oung defender of the dispossessed Clarence Darrow Big Trouble captures the tumultuous first decade of the twentieth century when capital and labor particularly in the raw acuisitive West we. After he finished writing Big Trouble J Anthony Lukas grew despondent and committed suicide Although Lukas may have felt that he failed in his ambition for this book I for one am grateful for the work that he left behind This is a long sprawling book about a part of American history that most people know very little about the near civil war that raged in the Western United States in the 1890 s and early 1900 s that pitted miners against mine owners and their allies in governmentAt that time our country was far from a perfect union and the collision of these forces as mining companies embarked on large scale exploitation of the West s natural resources mobilizing masses of laborers led to violence and insurrection Pivotal events in the book include the assassination of Idaho governor Frank Steuenberg by a mysterious gunman and the ensuing trial of a union official who was his alleged assailant the rebellion of Coeur D Alene silver miners and an explosion in Colorado The book which was extensively researched by Lukas is this and much We get the inside story of how detective agencies operated on behalf of the miners and government officials We learn about how jury manipulation was practiced in 1905 in Idaho An entire chapter is devoted to professional baseball in the Western states while another chapter illuminates for us the traveling entertainment circuit that served the growing and newly respectable cities of this region focusing on a particular appearance by the oung Ethel BarryThis is history from the ground up as well as the bird s eye view It s a wonderful immersion experience that also reminds us that class warfare with the emphasis on warfare is part of the American Story You know the feeling ou have when ou talk to someone who is long winded Someone who starts talking about a certain topic but uickly gets derailed launching off into something that may only be tangentially related to the original point of discussion only to come back to it then uickly go away from it again in a completely different direction And the end result is that the conversation ou thought Gone (Gone, you were going to have was not uite whatou had expected and tried our patience in the process That is what this book was to meThis is ostensibly about the assassination of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg And it is somewhat But J Anthony Lukas bounces around so much that there are many times in the book the reader is carried far away both mentally and geographically from Caldwell Idaho We spend time Wow The amount of work it takes to produce one of these tomes is unbelievable reading countless old newspaper articles court transcripts letters papers books etc I loved every word of it The story is about the dreadful assassination of the former governor of Idaho by a bomb under his front gate triggered by its opening right after Christmas 1905 The perpetrator apprehended uickly fingered three officials of a mining union who were then prosecuted in 1907 In telling the story the author has written a comprehensive tale of American labor struggles but also of multiple other aspects of American life such as the blatant corruption and cronyism pervading the political system founding of the National Forests the chokehold of theatrical producers the evolution of news services the newfound notion that journalism should report facts and not opinions the development of muckraking and journalism the Socialist movement and the fears that class warfare was a real possibility The Russian revolution 1917 had not et happened however there was an uprising in Russia in 1905 that rattled wealthy Americans I m now reading a book about the same time period in Russia leading up the 1917 revolution and am enjoying the juxtaposition Each time a new notable is introduced the author writes about that notable and developments in their industry There were a surprising number of notables who became involved the President was involved extensively Clarence Darrow for the defense of the union officials charged with conspiracy James McParland of the Pinkerton Detective Agency who arranged for these officials to be kidnapped in Colorado to be brought to Idaho for trial Supreme Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Ethel Barry she was in a touring show in Boise Gifford Pinchot the national forester Walter Johnson renowned pitcher Eugene Debs Samuel Gompers The bulk of the book is about the dreadful treatment of miners and the power of the mine owners In spite of freuent public assertions that the mine owners did not pay for the prosecution of the union officials by Idaho s governor and Senator in fact the mine owners poured thousands of dollars for the Cadillac of prosecutions The stellar defense team was funded by unions but part of their thunder was stolen by Pinkerton operatives infiltrating the defense team The fact that Pinkerton operatives had infiltrated so many labor organizations and that the perpetrator was apprehended so uickly led some to believe that in fact the Pinkertons had arranged the assassination in order to discredit unions During the trial the Senator who arranged the assassination in order to discredit unions During the trial the Senator who also serving as the prosecutor was indicted for fraud in sales of federal timber land Well worth the time to read A little background as it relates to this book Frank Steunenberg August 8 1861 December 30 1905 was the fourth Governor of the State of Idaho serving from 1897 until 1901 He is perhaps best known for his 1905 assassination by one time union member and paid assassin Harry Orchard who was also an informant for the Cripple Creek Mine Owners Association Orchard attempted to IMPLICATE LEADERS OF THE RADICAL WESTERN FEDERATION OF MINERS leaders of the radical Western Federation of Miners the assassination The labor leaders were found not guilty in two trials Clarence Darrow defended them but Orchard spent the rest of his life in prison Steunenberg was assassinated in retaliation for his actions that he took in 1899 That ear miners in Northern Hailed as toweringly important Balti Sun a work of scrupulous and significant reportage E L Doctorow and an unforgettable historical drama Chicago Sun Times Big Trouble brings to life the astonishing case that ultimately engaged President Theodore Roosevelt Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and the politics and passions of an entire nation at century's turn After Idaho's former governor is blown up by a bomb at his garden gate at Christmastime 1905 America's most celebrated detecti. .



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