Author and Detroit-native Tom Stanton will be at Book Beat on Sunday, June 5 at 3:00pm to promote the release of his latest work of non-fiction, Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-era Detroit. He will be speaking and signing copies of his work. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available at the event. For more information, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
“Tom Stanton’s absorbingly detailed work entwines the best and the worst of Detroit during the Depression. Readers will find themselves cheering the sports heroes and rooting against the Black Legion, a fascinatingly bizarre bunch whose sudden leap into the headlines inspired a wave of national hysteria. Stanton has deftly recreated one of the most farfetched episodes of the Motor City’s never-dull past.” —Richard Bak, author of Detroitland and Joe Louis: The Great Black Hope
Detroit, mid-1930s: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, gun-loving baseball fan Dayton Dean became ensnared in the nefarious and deadly Black Legion. The secretive, Klan-like group was executing a wicked plan of terror, murdering enemies, flogging associates, and contemplating armed rebellion. The Legion boasted tens of thousands of members across the Midwest, among them politicians and prominent citizens—even, possibly, a beloved athlete.
Award-winning author Tom Stanton weaves a stunning tale of history, crime, and sports. Richly portraying 1930s America, Terror in the City of Champions features a pageant of colorful figures: iconic athletes, sanctimonious criminals, scheming industrial titans, a bigoted radio priest, a love-smitten celebrity couple, J. Edgar Hoover, and two future presidents, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. It is a rollicking true story set at the confluence of hard luck, hope, victory, and violence.
“With the racist Black Legion spreading evil and the rambunctious Detroit Tigers bringing joy, Detroit’s seemingly eternal forces of darkness and light coexist in this captivating slice of American history.”
—David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story and When PrideStill Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
Tom Stanton is the author of several nonfiction baseball books (Terror in the City of Champions,Ty and the Babe, The Detroit Tigers Reader, Hank Aaron and the Home Run that Changed America) and two memoirs (The Final Season, The Road to Cooperstown). In 1983, Stanton co-founded The Voice Newspapers in suburban Detroit and served as editor for sixteen years before embarking on a literary career in 1999. A former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, Stanton teaches journalism at the University of Detroit Mercy. In 2008, Stanton won the Michigan Author Award.