Sensational Vancouver

Paperback | July 2, 2014

byEve Lazarus

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Winner, City of Vancouver Heritage Award (2015) &nbsp #1 BC Bestseller List &nbsp History books typically show Vancouver as a pioneer city built on forestry, fisheries, and tourism, but behind the snow-capped mountains and rain forests, the Vancouver of the first half of the 20th century was a hotbed of civic corruption. The top job at the Vancouver Police Department was a revolving door with the average tenure for a police chief of just four years. &nbsp In those early years Detective Joe Ricci's beat was the opium dens and gambling joints of Chinatown, while Lurancy Harris-the first female cop in Canada-patrolled the high-end brothels of Alexander Street. Later, proceeds from rum running produced some of the city's most iconic buildings, cops became robbers, and the city reeled from a series of unsolved murders. &nbsp But Vancouver is more than bookies, brothels, and bootleggers-the city also produced legendary women, world-class entertainers, and ground-breaking architecture. &nbsp Sensational Vancouver is a fully illustrated popular history book about Vancouver's famous and infamous, the ordinary and the extraordinary, filtered through the houses in which they lived. &nbsp Sensational Vancouver covers legendary women including Elsie MacGill, Phyllis Munday, Nellie Yip Quong and Joy Kogawa; high-end brothels, unsolved murders, and the homes and buildings of artists, architects and entertainers including Frederick Varley, Arthur Erickson, Bryan Adams, and Michael Bublé. &nbsp Includes a Walking Tour map of historic Strathcona and Chinatown. &nbsp&nbsp Praise for Sensational Vancouver: Recommended by Peter Darbyshire for Non-Fiction of 2014 (on Corey Redekop's blog) &nbsp BC Books for Everybody Pick &nbsp "Lazarus is an enthusiastic researcher, a quirky writer of prose, and an energetic amateur historian in somewhat the same manner as the late Chuck Davis. Her book jumps around like an antipodean marsupial but it's great fun-particularly when it deals with dope peddlers, hardworking bootleggers, disgraced mayors, and corrupt chief constables." (The Georgia Straight) &nbsp "Sensational Vancouver provides lively social history, appeals to a broad readership, and adds to the growing number of enlightening books about our city's past." (BC History) &nbsp "Sensational Vancouver is lavishly illustrated with photographs of people and places, and a map makes it easy to tie things together. This book is filled with great stories, and they are short, so it's easy to dip in here and there as the mood strikes. As a package, they make for fascinating reading." (Victoria Times Colonist) &nbsp

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Winner, City of Vancouver Heritage Award (2015) &nbsp #1 BC Bestseller List &nbsp History books typically show Vancouver as a pioneer city built on forestry, fisheries, and tourism, but behind the snow-capped mountains and rain forests, the Vancouver of the first half of the 20th century was a hotbed of civic corruption. The to...

Eve Lazarus is an award-winning writer with an Aussie accent and a passion for history and heritage houses. She is the author of Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens, and her book At Home with History: The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver's Heritage Houses was a 2008 City of Vancouver book award...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.45 × 7.52 × 0.44 inPublished:July 2, 2014Publisher:Anvil Press PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781927380987

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thoroughly enjoyable read I picked this book up recently and couldn't put it down! Eve Lazarus obviously has a knack for hunting down the little-known, the quirky, and the sinful in Vancouver's past. The book is a collection of vignettes - each one a gem in its own right. The piece on the enduring influence that rum-runners have had in our city, certainly architecturally, is fascinating. And her account of the VPD in the early 20th century really did blow my mind. I expect we will see more books in future years on the tawdry history of policing in Vancouver in the inter-war period. Lazarus deserves credit for picking up the scent on the topic. A well-deserved five stars.
Date published: 2015-02-24