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L.A. Noir - The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City-logo

L.A. Noir - The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

John Buntin

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History

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Midcentury Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America," a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men-one L.A.'s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief-each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city. Former street thug turned featherweight boxer Mickey Cohen left the ring for the rackets, first as mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's enforcer, then as his protégé. A fastidious dresser and unrepentant killer, the diminutive Cohen was Hollywood's favorite gangster-and L.A.'s preeminent underworld boss. Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum, and Sammy Davis Jr., palled around with him; TV journalist Mike Wallace wanted his stories; evangelist Billy Graham sought his soul. William H. Parker was the proud son of a pioneering law-enforcement family from the fabled frontier town of Deadwood. As a rookie patrolman in the Roaring Twenties, he discovered that L.A. was ruled by a shadowy "Combination"-a triumvirate of tycoons, politicians, and underworld figures where alliances were shifting, loyalties uncertain, and politics were practiced with shotguns and dynamite. Parker's life mission became to topple it-and to create a police force that would never answer to elected officials again. These two men, one morally unflinching, the other unflinchingly immoral, would soon come head-to-head in a struggle to control the city-a struggle that echoes unforgettably through the fiction of Raymond Chandler and movies such as The Big Sleep, Chinatown, and L.A. Confidential. For more than three decades, from Prohibition through the Watts Riots, the battle between the underworld and the police played out amid the nightclubs of the Sunset Strip and the mansions of Beverl

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirby Heyborne

Length:

17h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

10:42


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

27:54


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

30:36


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

32:35


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

22:49


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

20:22


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

28:06


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

33:55


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

37:05


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

37:55


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

54:32


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

27:06


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

39:57


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

42:40


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

21:36


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

01:05:29


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

48:19


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

19:30


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

41:28


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

35:55


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

48:42


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

21:27


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

41:03


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

21:44


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

50:12


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

32:23


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

15:05


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

01:00:32


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

18:22


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

33:09


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

00:25