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Portland on the Take:: Mid-Century Crime Bosses, Civic Corruption & Forgotten Murders

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Uncover the history of corruption in Portland, Oregon during the twentieth century.


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45 review for Portland on the Take:: Mid-Century Crime Bosses, Civic Corruption & Forgotten Murders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Very interesting; I knew some of this but not all. I found it sometimes confusing and hard to follow all the different players and the timeline but still an interesting worthwhile read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Love the idea and the information, but not the execution. It was difficult to follow the timeline and people it was covering.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina Weaver

    Well written with good research. This opens up the world of crime in Portland, Oregon. Short and informative.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carye Bye

    Well done guys! I didn't really know what to expect. I've read Portland Confidential and knew about bits and pieces but what I liked about this book is it is not vignette style but more chronological starting in the 1930s with the Waterfront Strike. My Portland labor history is spotty too and I just assumed the book would just barrel into the 1950s vice and the payoffs to look away. But this book digs a lot deeper and tries to make connections from the beginnings and pull out some new stories no Well done guys! I didn't really know what to expect. I've read Portland Confidential and knew about bits and pieces but what I liked about this book is it is not vignette style but more chronological starting in the 1930s with the Waterfront Strike. My Portland labor history is spotty too and I just assumed the book would just barrel into the 1950s vice and the payoffs to look away. But this book digs a lot deeper and tries to make connections from the beginnings and pull out some new stories not told with some vivid details and writing. The joint collaboration of JB and JD is win-win. Man I just feel for Dottie Do-good but reading that she came into office too confident and pulled a Charlie Hales of taking all the bureaus away makes me understand a little well that the public thought they were getting one thing but got something else... and of course the vice folks worked their ways. I also just read Dupay's police memoir so stories he told were echoed here within the larger timeline of Portland history. Also this is a History Press book too but it was longer than most and had more to say I think. So I'm giving this a five for being surprising way more interesting to me personally than I expected and for the great overview of the scene and connecting more dots.... just not for Do good Dottie (lol)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    What I liked most about this book is the breadth of Portland history that was covered. Readers got more stories, in short, easy to digest chapters, that are all but forgotten in today's Portland, instead of focusing on just the vice scandal. After reading Dark Rose I wanted to read more about the corruption within the policing bodies, which this book offered and more. I loved the chapter on the Beer Wars, as I am a beer enthusiast - although I was disappointed that the wars were more about union What I liked most about this book is the breadth of Portland history that was covered. Readers got more stories, in short, easy to digest chapters, that are all but forgotten in today's Portland, instead of focusing on just the vice scandal. After reading Dark Rose I wanted to read more about the corruption within the policing bodies, which this book offered and more. I loved the chapter on the Beer Wars, as I am a beer enthusiast - although I was disappointed that the wars were more about union bickering than the beer itself - but it's a contributing factor as to why craft breweries are so plentiful in Portland today. Any criticism I have is that the writing wasn't as easy to get through as Dark Rose and there is a lot of information in this book that can weigh a reader down with all of the details.

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    Enso

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    J.D. Chandler

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    Dasha Tatarinov

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