Allegheny City Society Book Club: Wicked Pittsburgh

Allegheny City Society invites you to join them for their next Book Club featuring Wicked Pittsburgh by Richard Gazarik

Muckraking journalist Walter Liggett dubbed Pittsburgh the “Metropolis of Corruption” in 1930 when he reported the city had more vice per square foot than New York, Detroit, Cleveland, or Boston. Decades earlier, the Magee-Flinn political machine ruled public officials, and crooked police helped racketeers protect brothels and gambling dens. Mayor (later Governor) David Lawrence was indicted several times for graft but acquitted each time. Even Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. colluded with gangsters, according to FBI reports. Join author Richard Gazarik as he reveals the wicked history of the Steel City.

The Allegheny City Society Book Club will be held virtually on Thursday, February 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

For more information, visit the Allegheny City Society Book Club event page. To receive the link to the Zoom meeting, email