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Encore: Thieves of Book Row

The “goods” were kept under lock and key… and under special lighting… in the back room….

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(Duration: 51:45)

Travis McDade

Travis McDade

During the 1920s, desperate and out of work due to the Great Depression, some people were willing to try anything to make a buck. That includes orchestrating a heist to lift a collection of rare books from a public library. 

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Associate Professor Travis McDade about his book “Thieves of Book Row.”  He’ll tell us about Manhattan’s “Book Row,” a theft ring comprised of some of the most notorious literary criminals in U.S. history, the detectives who worked their case and about how much money they were actually making off the texts. McDade also talks about rare book collecting today and if books are as valuable today as they were in the early 1920s. 

Categories: Books and Reading