On September 16, 1920, as the bells of Trinity Church chimed the noon hour, a bomb exploded into the lunchtime crowd at the corner of Wall and Broad streets in New York, transforming the financial district into a war zone. Thirty-eight people died in the blast and scores lay wounded, making it the nation’s worst terrorist attack until the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
In The Day Wall Street Exploded, Beverly Gage tells the story of that once infamous event, tracing the four-year hunt for the perpetrators and exploring the little-known history of homegrown terrorism a century ago. Brilliantly evoking the intersecting lives of the targets, suspects, and investigators, Gage’s book recovers a dimly remembered moment in American history, yet one whose implications and after-effects now seem blindingly relevant.
“Beverly Gage … has brought the bombing to life again in her outstanding first book.” — New York Times Book Review
“Brisk, suspenseful and richly documented.” — Chicago Tribune
“An uncommonly intelligent, witty and vibrant account. She has performed a real service in presenting such a complicated case in such a fair and balanced way.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“A beautifully written narrative filled with brilliant sketches of characters… [O]ne of the most lively and revealing accounts ever written about Haywood, Goldman, and other great figures of the American Left and their ambivalent romance with violent tactics.” — Journal of American History
“The fearful politics of the last decade are a tale foretold in this extraordinary history of the original ‘war on terrorism’ and its sinister legacies.” — Mike Davis, author of Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb
“Like all good historians, Beverly Gage is a great story-teller, and what a timely tale she has to tell in The Day Wall Street Exploded. With subtlety, precision, and in a captivating prose style, she recalls for us that moment in September 1920 when ‘a bomb planted on horse-drawn wage exploded into the lunchtime crowd at Wall and Broad.'” — David Nasaw, author of Andrew Carnegie and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Chief: The Life and Times of William Randolph Hearst
“The best account of the viciou 1920 cluster-bombing on Wall Street that scythed down 38 people.” — Mike Wallace, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
“Ms. Gage is a storyteller… she leaves it to her readers to draw their own connections as they digest her engaging narrative.” — The New York Times