In this masterpiece of narrative history, acclaimed author Howard Blum evokes the original crime of the century and an aftermath even more dramatic than the crime itself-a seminal episode in America's history that would spark national debate and draw into its orbit master sleuth William J. Burns, crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow, and industry-shaping filmmaker D. W. Griffith. Hugely engaging . . . has tremendous verve . . . American Lightning throws valuable new light on an episode that seems, for us today, particularly pertinent. Terrorism happened here. -Los Angeles Times A fast-moving, skillfully constructed account . . . Blum's style is cinematic. -Chicago Sun-Times Compelling . . . a tense detective story. -Seattle Times A thumping-good drumroll of narrative history . . . the cross-country manhunt reads like a great mystery vel . . . Blum blows the dust off a page of America's own incendiary past and brings it to pulsating life. -Dallas Morning News
HOWARD BLUM is the author of eight previous books, including the national bestsellers Wanted!, The Gold of Exodus, and Gangland. Currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Blum was also a reporter at the New York Times, where he won numerous journalism awards and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative reporting. From the Hardcover edition.