By Kyle | March 11, 2012
Bonus Sunday essay! In 1895, Teddy Roosevelt returned to his hometown vowing to clean up Sin City as president of the Police Board. He succeeded in reducing corruption and patronage, but with nutty crusades like his campaign to close bars on Sundays (and even crack down on Sabbath sales of flowers and soda) he quickly wore out his welcome. He lasted less than two years before he returned to DC to be assistant secretary of the Navy. The vivid new book “Island of Vice: Teddy Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York City” by Richard Zacks tells the story in detail, as my Sunday column shows.