Terror in the City of Champions

  • by Tom Stanton
  • Narrated by Johnny Heller
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detroit, mid-1930s: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, gun-loving baseball fan Dayton Dean became ensnared in the nefarious and deadly Black Legion. The secretive, Klan-like group was executing a wicked plan of terror, murdering enemies, flogging associates, and contemplating armed rebellion. The Legion boasted tens of thousands of members across the Midwest, among them politicians and prominent citizens - even, possibly, a beloved athlete.
Terror in the City of Champions opens with the arrival of Mickey Cochrane, a fiery baseball star who roused the Great Depression's hardest-hit city by leading the Tigers to the 1934 pennant. A year later he guided the team to its first championship. Within seven months the Lions and Red Wings follow in football and hockey - all while Joe Louis chased boxing's heavyweight crown.
Amidst such glory, the Legion's dreadful toll grew unchecked: staged "suicides", bodies dumped along roadsides, high-profile assassination plots. Talkative Dayton Dean's involvement would deepen as heroic Mickey Cochrane's reputation would rise. But the ballplayer had his own demons, including a close friendship with Harry Bennett, Henry Ford's brutal union buster.


What the Critics Say

"If you're looking for a book that combines sports, crime, and history in one package, look no further.... this book is a must-read." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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A great read

There is so much in this book - history & sports stories. Riveting. I am so glad I read this work of art.
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- firemom


Seemed like an abrupt end to a good book. Definitely comparable to Erik Larson in the way it ties a few true stories together but no where near as good. Worth a look for the history of the time. Well researched I believe. I would think interesting for any Detroit fan or soul living in the area
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- Bob Shinders

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio