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mobile or address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, mobile phone. From a Portland Tribune columnist comes Portland Confidential, the story of Big Jim Elkins, a conman and criminal who arrived in Portland in and helped unleash prostitution, bootlegging, gambling, and drug running.

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Showing Average rating 3. Lists with This Book. I know very little Portland history, but it's captivating to hear dirt about the real estate deals behind the Memorial Coliseum. Get A Copy. Jun 07, Lizzie rated it it was amazing Shelves: true-crimeread-in We got this at the Portland airport coming home from visiting our friends, and will give it to them - when we've both read it.

Overall, this book felt like a feature article that was bloated and covered in pictures for a hasty journey to press. Preview — Portland Confidential by Phil Stanford.

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It's no I liked this a lot, but it left me wanting more. Who would have guessed. Jun 09, Erick Mertz rated it liked it. It's not the same Portland anymore, but this is a nice visit to s and earlier prohibition era Rose City. Details if other :. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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It paint the picture of a decade or two when the city thrived on gambling, girls, and police corruption. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. Feb 11, Amy rated it it was amazing. But that makes sense considering Portland has the most strip clubs and video poker per capita in the country.

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It's a quick read, mainly because of all the large photographs and big print. Well, there's not enough info about that exactly, but it's a good teaser. I'm a lifelong Portland resident. Stanford gives us a bunch of criminal operations, shady characters and underworld creeps to salivate over but the fact that they're in Portland is secondary. Return to Book. Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. More Details Original Title.

Error rating book. Community Reviews. It's interesting. I really wanted to like this book. I read it one day, but it was interesting enough to keep me going. Feb 05, Jason rated it liked it. Sort order. Open Preview See a Problem?

So overall, it was an interesting read, but could have been done in a better way. Dec 29, Bean rated it liked it. Most importantly, I found this book thin on location specific details. Enlarge cover. The blend of new and old media is a constant enticement.

Despite the brevity, or maybe because of it, and because of the accompanying photographs, this is a treat to read - a quick read. The book can be kind of hard to follow at times, on of every man in the 50s being named Jim okay, I think there's really only two in this book.

It's also probably why strippers in Portland can get completely nude while customers consume alcoholic beverages the only other place that's legal is Vegas I believe. Shelves: politicsnon-fiction. Donnelly d. Add this book to your favorite list ».

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The writing got a pretty boring at times though, and I had a hard to keeping all the people involved straight. To ask other readers questions about Portland Confidentialplease up. Jan 13, Fletcher rated it liked it Shelves: non-fictionresearchnoirdisappointedpolitics.

A really interesting look at how Portland was considered "Sin City" only 60 years ago.

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Especially ones of Portland in the '50s. I have a passion for history. Refresh and try again. I think A really interesting look at how Portland was considered "Sin City" only 60 years ago. I met Phil Stanford when i volunteered at the first wordstock fest, '05 maybe? Other editions. Having read the columnist for years, I'm inclined to believe the former.

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The writing style is a bit lurid and sensationalistic but it never claims to be a scholarly work. Want to Read saving….

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If you're interested in the history of Portland, Oregon, this is a pretty interesting book. I would have been more pleased if this book revealed a pattern or some deeply hidden civic secrets and obviously they're either not there OR Stanford glossed them over. We never hear too much more than the basics. I would have been m I really wanted to like this book. Aug 13, Lara Seven rated it really liked it. Other Editions 3.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I had no idea. I think there should have been a lot more pictures too! Rating details.

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For anyone living in the Portland area I'm sure it would be a great read. Be the first to ask a question about Portland Confidential. Friend Reviews. Terry Schrunk caught with his pants down?

Portland confidential: sex, crime, and corruption in the rose city

From a Portland Tribune columnist comes Portland Confidential, the story of Big Jim Elkins, a conman and criminal who arrived in Portland in and helped unleash prostitution, bootlegging, gambling, and drug running. I liked this a lot, but it left me wanting more.

Paperbacks. These are generic characters and stock situations that just so happen to occur in the Rose City. Actually there's just so many characters to follow, I felt like I should have been taking notes and drawing maps while I read It was keeping me interested after all. A quick read on the grit behind the Rose City, not as slimy as I was hoping though Jul 22, Dean rated it it was ok.

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