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Vanishing Point : The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind - Richard J. Tofel

Vanishing Point

The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind

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The sudden disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater nearly 75 years ago led to perhaps the most famous missing persons case of the twentieth century. Crater, a justice of New York's state Supreme Court, vanished amid political scandal. A public frenzy about what happened to Crater provided impetus for scrutiny of New York's Tammany Hall political machine-and ultimately for the vanishing of Tammany Hall as well. Richard J. Tofel'sVanishing Point is a revealing look at New York as the Jazz Age gave way to the Depression, and at one of the most intriguing stories in the annals of urban America.

Casts intriguing new light on a famous unsolved mystery. * Kirkus *
It's a fascinating tale, even after all these years. * The Dallas Morning News *
Fans of true crime and New York City politics alike will be attracted to Vanishing Point, an excellent survey. * Midwest Book Review *
Tofel has written an entertaining account...For those who recognize the name, but don't know the fascinating story behind it, this is the book to read. * New York Post *
With a newspaperman's eye for drama, Tofel covers a great tale about a New York just beyond our living memory. * New York Sun *
Offers a portrait of Tammany personalities and their intricate political deals...The first book to piece together his [Crater's] surprising story. * The Wall Street Journal *
Excellent...a vivid portrayal...New York lawyers should find fascinating the depiction of a New York legal world...Illuminating. * New York Law Journal *
An intriguing mystery built around the author's compelling argument about the truth behind Crater's disappearance. * Smoke *
Shrewd, terse, engrossing study... * The New York Times *
Using a substantial body of evidence Tofel...offers a tentative, yet intriguing solution... -- Gracie Gregg * Times Record News, Wichita Falls, TX *
He makes the case relevant and fascinating for the reader. -- Larry Cox * Tucson Citizen *
This makes for fascinating reading. -- Eugene R. Fidell * Green Bag *
Compelling. -- Owen Moritz * New York Daily News *
A fascinating look at a great city's greatest mystery. * Kevin Baker *
Extraordinarily deft and skillfully written...[An] admirably understated book... -- Ric Burns, documentary filmmaker

Prefacep. 9
The World He Left Behindp. 15
The World of Tammany Hallp. 33
The La Guardia Phenomenonp. 62
Franklin Roosevelt Names a Judgep. 77
Crater at the Vanishing Pointp. 93
Never to Be Seen Againp. 125
Tammany at the Vanishing Pointp. 157
Epiloguep. 185
Acknowledgmentsp. 189
Sourcesp. 193
Notesp. 199
Indexp. 211
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781566636056
ISBN-10: 1566636051
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 4th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.1  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.42