The Fox And The Flies: The World Of Joseph Silver, Racketeer And Psychopath

The Fox And The Flies: The World Of Joseph Silver, Racketeer And Psychopath

Charles van Onselen / Sep 20, 2019

The Fox And The Flies The World Of Joseph Silver Racketeer And Psychopath At the end of the nineteenth century European pimps and white slavers established a hugely successful global market for commercial sex and for three turbulent decades before the First World War Josep

  • Title: The Fox And The Flies: The World Of Joseph Silver, Racketeer And Psychopath
  • Author: Charles van Onselen
  • ISBN: 9780224079297
  • Page: 437
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  • At the end of the nineteenth century European pimps and white slavers established a hugely successful global market for commercial sex and for three turbulent decades before the First World War, Joseph Silver was central to this hidden world of betrayal, intrigue, lust and sexual slavery.Burglar, gun runner and trafficker in women on four continents, Silver was a disturbAt the end of the nineteenth century European pimps and white slavers established a hugely successful global market for commercial sex and for three turbulent decades before the First World War, Joseph Silver was central to this hidden world of betrayal, intrigue, lust and sexual slavery.Burglar, gun runner and trafficker in women on four continents, Silver was a disturbed adolescent, youthful predator and adult misogynist whose notoriety was captured in the most confidential correspondence of a dozen countries in the western world But what those in charge of law enforcement agencies kept to themselves was how their officers had attempted to use Silver as an informer to infiltrate syndicates, only to have him outwit them as he moved in the dangerous space between police and prostitutes.In this brilliant study, Charles van Onselen situates the private life of one man amidst the demi monde of the Atlantic world and casts a brilliant light on the most infamous serial killer of all time Jack the Ripper.

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    About "Charles van Onselen"

      • Charles van Onselen

        Charles van Onselen was educated at the Universities of Rhodes and Oxford He has written extensively on 19th and 20th century South Africa In 1983, his work on the social and economic history of the Witwatersrand won the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement in Commonwealth and Imperial history.He is a well known critic of Afrikaner nationalism whose earlier works include Chibaro African Mine Labour in Southern Rhodesia, 1890 1914 and The Small Matter of a Horse the Life of Nongoloza Mathebula, 1869 1948 and New Babylon, New Nineveh In 1995, his biography of the life and times of Kas Maine, a black sharecropper, The Seed is Mine, won the Alan Paton Award for non fiction In 2012 he was Research Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria.


    684 Comments

    1. This is a dense unpleasant book about an unpleasant person written in the style of a graduate student desperately padding his thesis with unimportant collateral information. Lost in this mountain of verbiage is an interesting story but, I was so worn out by the author's style that, in the end, I just didn't care.


    2. This is a huge doorstop of a book that I bought for £1 in a bargain chain. I'm interested in history, particularly that of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, and especially in history pertaining to women's experience, so this looked like a book I would enjoy.I have to say, however, that after slogging away at it for what seems like forever, I'd only got a third of the way through the book and have now given up. It's a rare occurrence for me not to finish a book I've started.I had a few prob [...]


    3. I am the type of person who has to finish a book no matter how bad it is, but I just can't do it with this one. I give up! I thought it was going to be a book about a potential Jack the Ripper suspect, but I'm halfway through the book and so far there is no evidence that points to him being the ripper. This book is a biography of a narcissistic psycho, but I don't think he is the ripper. Plus, this guy moved around the world a lot and every time he moved somewhere new, the author spent 50 pages [...]


    4. Personally I think the Jack the Ripper stuff is nonsense, but this is still a great book. Probably the most hostile biography of anybody I have ever read. To be fair Joseph Silver was (apparently) an "arsonist, bank robber, barber, bigamist, brothel-owner, burglar, confidence trickster, detective’s agent, gangster, horse-trader, hotelier, informer, jewel thief, merchant, pickpocket, pimp, policeman, rapist, restaurateur, safe-cracker, smuggler, sodomist, special agent, spy, storekeeper, trader [...]


    5. An interesting look into the psychopath 'Joseph Lis’ AKA ‘silver’ during the late 1800s and into the 20th century. An example of this mans behaviour was when he courted a young woman till, she was in love with him, he then took her to a place where he locked her up and repeatedly raped her, then turned her into a prostitute, whom he pimped out until she went crazy from the syphilis he gave her. Just one of many sociopathic instances that transpired over his time.


    6. Another example of great material let down by poor writng and in this case very shoncky historigraphy. For instance, the fact that some barbers acted as homosexual prositutes was no reason to extrapolate that Silver was one during the years that he was a barber. Lots of interesting material though and the description of sex trafficing gave me nightmares. So very cruel.


    7. This was a great book for research on what it was like in certain cities and countries in 1880-1915 (London, Paris, New York, Argentine/Chile, South Africa). I'd recommend it as 5 star for those doing research, but only a one for reading, hence the 3 average I listed. I'm working on some Jack the Ripper storylines and the subject of this book, one Joseph Lis, is a potential suspect.


    8. This guy was the biggest creep and it's such a relief at the end when he is shot as a spy. His crimes and life are detailed with as much light as is possible for this 'lifestyle' and it's a good warning of the type of people to avoid.


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