Tom's Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend

Reddig, William M. Tom’s Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend. Philadephia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1947.


First published in 1947, less than a decade after Tom Pendergast's incarceration, Tom's Town offers a classic account of the Pendergast political machine and Kansas City during the early parts of the 20th century. For much of the source material, the author consulted news articles and conducted interviews of staff from the Kansas City Star. The lack of citations or a list of references contributes to a sense that the story is sensationalized to an extent, but Tom's Town continues to offer scintillating contemporary accounts and is still standard reading for anyone interested in the subject matter and era.