What was New York City like at the turn of the 20th century?  Well once you read Bestselling Author Richard Zacks’ (His book “The Pirate Hunter” was one of TIME Magazine’s best non-fiction books of 2005, and one of my favorites) account in his critically acclaimed book, “Island Of Vice”, you can imagine a cross between Martin Scorcese’s “Gangs Of New York”, and “Boardwalk Empire”, but needless to say, Teddy Roosevelt (Before his famed Presidency) was president of the board of the city’s police commissioners, and trying to clean up a town that was as corrupt, as exciting, as crooked, and as unique as any city could be in the history of America.  Roosevelt was Police Commissioner from 1895-1897, and saw the squalid mess that the city was, and tried to bring a wholesome and moral revival to the inhabitants only to have pretty much everyone, including his most loyal supporters turn on him, with drinking, prostitution, and crime dominating the city like never before.  It truly is the battle of a man trying to enforce morality and a better life on a city that doesn’t want it, and no one could do a better job then Richard Zacks in bring this unique environment and battle of Good versus Evil to life in vivid color.

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the acclaimed author in his highrise office overlooking Union Square in the modern version of the city he writes about in his new book, to talk about NYC during one of it’s most unique periods, all of the critical acclaim that his book has received from media like the NY Times, NPR, Newsday, etc.., his prior book “Pirate Hunter” and the story of Captain Kidd, his own contrasting childhood upbringing, and soo much more!!  Enjoy Kade Nation, the book is wonderful and Richard was awesome to interview!!