The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld

The French Quarter An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld Home to the notorious Blue Book which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city New Orleans s infamous red light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous i

  • Title: The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld
  • Author: Herbert Asbury
  • ISBN: 9781560254942
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • Home to the notorious Blue Book, which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans s infamous red light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much than the local bordellos It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sHome to the notorious Blue Book, which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans s infamous red light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much than the local bordellos It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of The Big Easy From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane Bricktop Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux revolutionary filibusters who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support though without official governmental approval undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld.

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    1. If contemplating whether to read "The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld," consider first this fact about the book's author, Herbert Asbury: Asbury's initial fame came in 1926 when H.L. Mencken published in Mencken's magazine, "The American Mercury," an article by Asbury about a small-town Missouri prostitute who serviced her Protestant customers in a Catholic cemetery, and vice-versa. The article achieved sufficient notoriety to get Mencken's magazine promptly ban [...]

    2. This is an excellent book on New Orleans/Louisiana history. I found it engaging and enjoyed learning more background on this area and time period. It was enjoyable to read something published in 1936 because it prompted me to look into different definitions of words and actions. I wonder how someone writing about the same period would express themselves today?

    3. Everyone who loves New Orleans should probably read this highly entertaining book at least once, despite its historical shortcomings. Asbury's account of the birth of jazz, for example, is nonsense. His research has the feel of someone who has spent a lot of time burrowing through the newspaper morgues at the New Orleans Public Library, but to his credit he managed to turn his labors into one of the best compendiums of Crescent City mayhem, smut, and murder ever collected between two covers.

    4. I bought this book at the wonderful Gift Shop for The Historic New Orleans Collection Museum in The French Quarter. The book kept my interest. It is not an all-inclusive history, if you are looking for a neat little timeline this is not it. It covers specific topics in each chapter, in depth. It does cover the more salacious topics, race, prostitution, murder, violence, piracy, slavery- the underworld. The chapters on Jean Lafitte and pirates of the Mississippi was one of my favorites.Be forewar [...]

    5. To be sure, Asbury's book has its problems. Foremost among them is its uneasy footing regarding the deep racism in New Orleans' history. At times, Asbury seems sympathetic to people of color in the city; at others, their essential inferiority to people of European lineage appears to be taken as a given. It is often difficult to tell if Asbury is merely echoing the backwards sentiments of the times about which he writes, or whether he himself has simply tacitly accepted some form of white suprema [...]

    6. To begin allow me to address the cover and resulting mis-marketing of Herbert Asbury’s The French Quarter. The book is billed as a sequel to Asbury’s hit The Gangs of New York and the Martin Scorsese film of the same name, but The French Quarter is not a sequel. Rather it is a completely independent look into the history of New Orleans and its criminal underworld. It is a poor decision that can easily mislead a potential reader.The French Quarter itself is a detailed and enthralling look int [...]

    7. This is a breezy, well-written, non-academic history of the French Quarter and New Orleans generally -- literary equivalent perhaps to the best of the city's tourist tours. It is full of charming and outrageous anecdotes of all kinds and colorful characters from madames to politicians to thugs. Due to its age, there are a few politically incorrect musings, but overall the text comes across as relatively modern--particularly in the treatment of the wily and thuggish women/madames.Needless perhaps [...]

    8. This is a very interesting book. Published in 1936, it covers the entire history of New Orleans (not just the "underworld"). I got such a different perspective on the history of the US (Aaron Burr wasn't such a patriot) and how rough the original settlers really were. The books covers the history of trade and shipping on the Mississippi - from pole barges to steam ships - and the violent people who manned them. These people fought viciously - biting off noses and ears. It does cover the bars, br [...]

    9. A lot of incredible things have occurred in New Orleans since its establishment so this book is chock full of interesting tales, yet I found this languished in areas and breezed over some really exciting people and moments in history (Marie Leveau in only a page and a half?!). This may be a product of trying to fit too much within one book but at times it feels repetitive (it didn't need several full pages of prostitutes ads when they're all "same same but different"), at others it's just glorif [...]

    10. Very interesting history book. Some details of New orleans history were not mentioned, like the Sazerac Cocktail and the Ramos Gin Fizz in the drinking section. Surprised that drinks so famously associated with NOLA were not covered. The book was pretty dark and focused on the more steamier side of NOLA history. I found it entertaining and educational. I will keep it for future reference.

    11. While it is true that Herbert Asbury's books don't really separate the urban legends from the history, they are still fabulously entertaining and have become part of the cultural traditions of the cities they chronicle.

    12. This is a lengthy, but interesting and often entertaining book about the history of New Orleans' underworld. The author takes us from the 17th Century up to what was, for him, the present day of the 1930s with anecdotes, data, and even newspaper reproductions to show us what life was like during the area's colorful past.Asbury's research is impeccable, and he most certainly takes the reader with him on a journey. I found myself remembering that the 1930s were not present times and giving leeway [...]

    13. If the book had just focused on the underworld and not the historical connotations this book would have done a lot better. He fails to mention the Corsican mob in this novel and also the FLQ was not mentioned in this book either which dealt extensively in the heroin trade in French Quarter for decades. I felt like this book was scattered and had spotty research and many underpinned assumptions even though most of the Anglo-American and Sicilian crime in the book was true, the book was without vo [...]

    14. This book is by the same guy who wrote Gangs of New York and examines the criminal underbelly of the Crescent City going back to the Spanish colonial times. Sometimes it's a little hard to separate fact from fiction, but it seems well informed. I read this before I went there and had a different appreciation for the different neighborhoods and streets now crowded with tourists. Seems like this would make a good Scorcese movie too.

    15. This book was good. It wasn't however what i expected and that is why I gave it 3 stars. Honestly the amount of research and work that went into its construction deserve more. However the book is marketed as an informal history and references "The Gangs of New York" also by this author. However instead of the historofictional setting in "Gangs" this piece is more of a guide book or history book. It's interesting but by no means a page turner.

    16. The book is mis-titled (it happens all over New Orleans), at times over sensationalized, and disjointed, but wildly entertaining, complete with a gallery of rogues, villains, low-lifes, and even the occasional romantic figure. I wish there was some discussion of the decline of New Orleans criminality, but you can't have it all.

    17. What I learned from this book about America's most fascinating city immeasurably enhanced my understanding of New Orleans. Published in the 1930s, this book focuses on the most lurid aspects of New Orleans, from the prostitutes to the murders, from the race riots to the slave auctions, from the public tortures to the pirates. Indispensable!

    18. I started this book thinking it would have a lot of info on Madame LaLaurie, it didn't, only about 3 pages. It is a very good read for a good indepth look at how the French Quarter came to be, going back to the Spaniards up until the mid 1800s.I gave it a 3 star because although historically interesting it is a slooooow read.

    19. This was a good book for me to read. I have never known anything about New Orleans except for Hurricane Katrina. So getting some information of the goings on and some back story of the Red Light District and the crime history was very interesting to me.

    20. Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? I often do, so I picked up this book. Unfortunately, it is dry. How can a place of such spirit, debased fun and naughty history come across like a AAA trip guide? Just drive there and experience the quarter yourself.

    21. An interesting but uneven account of the French Quarter and the history of crime in New Orleans. It was written 70 years ago, which accounts for the somewhat bizarre characterizations of the denizens of this area.

    22. Considering Asbury's interest in the underworld, he seems to have found little of it in New Orleans. The book is more of a travel guide to the city ca. 1915 than an exploration into the underworld.

    23. Many stories regarding the hustles and crimes taking place in the French Quarter that my parents often spoke about were confirmed when I read this book. An interesting look at a city that has many faces, this being one of them. A local girl.

    24. A rambling though entertainingly lurid and sensationalistic history of the New Orleans underworld by the author of Gangs of New York, filled with tall tales and other exaggerations though also a surprising amount of valid historical research.

    25. the origins of the vice of new orleans including stories of river brawlers, harlots, crooked politicians, voodoo queens, and Storyville.

    26. Anything by Herbert Asbury is an entertaining read. it's good for hearing a dubious anecdote to cities we love

    27. Fantasic historical narrative on New Orleans French Quarter. Lengthy but riveting detail on everything from pirateers, river boat gamblers to haunted mansions.

    28. Pretty dense reading, but a nice way to learn about the more colorful and informal aspects of the area's history.

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