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To Serve and Collect

To Serve and Collect

Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal, 1855-1960

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Richard C. Lindberg


E-book (Other formats: Paperback)
6 x 9, 36 illustrations


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Crooked politicians, gangsters, madams, and cops on the take: To Serve and Collect tells the story of Chicago during its formative years through the history of its legendary police department.


Richard C. Lindberg grew up in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood. His nine books include Chicago by Gaslight: A History of the Chicago Netherworld, 1880–I 920, The White Sox Encyclopedia, and The Armchair Companion to chicago Sports. He is the former editor of the Illinois Police and Sheriff’s News and served as head writer and senior editor for the Edgar Award-winning Encyclopedia of World Crime.


"Lindberg has a rare gift for making history fun, even with footnotes, and in doing so produces a major work of scholarship that not only puts him in Herbert Asbury’s league but goes a step further by explaining Chicago as well as describing it."—Chicago Magazine