Inside the Combat Zone
The Stripped Down Story of Boston's Most Notorious Neighborhood
by STEPHANIE SCHOROW
$18.50 | 6 x 9 | 288 pages | paperback | regional history
In this expertly crafted history, veteran reporter Stephanie Schorow teases out the issues that gave rise to this controversial neighborhood, giving voice to the colorful players who sought to tame or profit from the sleaze snaking its way through downtown Boston. At turns comic and tragic, Schorow introduces us to the political architects, exotic dancers, wise guys, and residents brought together by the adult entertainment district—a five-acre neighborhood the city engineered to contain the very porno plague it wanted to eliminate. For those who lived in, worked in, or frequented this notorious area, the Combat Zone is more than a distant memory—it was a life-altering adventure.
is the author, co-author, or editor of eight nonfiction books, including: Inside the Combat Zone: The Stripped Down Story of Boston's Most Notorious Neighborhood, and Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, published by Union Park Press. Stephanie has also written books on the Boston Harbor Islands, Boston's fire history, the tragic Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire and the infamous Brink's robbery.