Pittsburgh is a hardworking city. Many hard workers enjoy the occasional spirit. When Prohibition hit the Steel City, it created a level of violence and corruption residents had never before experienced. Illegal producers ran stills in kitchens, basements, bathroom tubs, warehouses and even abandoned distilleries. Wars between gangs of bootleggers resulted in a number of murders and bombings that placed Pittsburgh on the same level as New York City and Chicago with regard to criminal activity. Author Richard Gazarik details the shady side of the Steel City during a tumultuous era.
Richard Gazarik is a former reporter for the Tribune-Review and has written several books about historical events in the Pittsburgh area.