Al Capone

Al Capone

His Life, Legacy, and Legend

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Born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, to poor, Italian immigrant parents, Al Capone went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. In 1925, during the height of Prohibition, Capone's multi-million-dollar Chicago bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling operation dominated the organized-crime scene. His competition with rival gangs was brutally violent, a long-running war that crested with the shocking St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Through it all, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and the media elite, Capone remained above the fray. Federal income-tax evasion was the strongest charge that could be made to stick, and in 1931 he was sentenced to eleven years in federal prison. After serving six-and-a-half years, mostly in Alcatraz, a severely impaired Capone, badly damaged by neurosyphillis, was released to live out his final years with his family in Miami. From his heyday to the present moment, Al Capone's life has gripped the public imagination, and his gangster persona has been immortalized in the countless movies and books inspired by his exploits. But who was the man behind the legend? Capone loved to tell tall tales that perpetuated his mystique; newspapers loved him and frequently embellished or fabricated stories about him to sell copies. While some remember him as fundamentally kind and good, others speak of how frightening he was, a vicious, cold-blooded killer. Was Al really such a quotable wit? Did he really shower the poor with hundred-dollar bills and silver dollars from the window of his bulletproof car? Did he really keep a bevy of mistresses ensconced in his hotel headquarters in Chicago? Writing with exclusive access to Capone's descendants, Deirdre Bair finally gets at the truth behind this eternally fascinating man, who was equal parts charismatic mobster, doting father, and calculating monster.
Publisher: [New York] : 2016. Nan A. Talese,
ISBN: 9780385537162
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital BorrowBox

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Dave99_0
Jun 26, 2017

This book is about Al Capone's relationships with his family members, gang members, the police, prosecutors, politicians, fellow inmates, newspaper reporters and the public. Since his "business" success depended on relationships, this book provides valuable insight into how Al Capone operated his "business" empire. It has been estimated that the Capone gang's sales revenue was equivalent in today's dollars to a ballpark figure of a billion dollars per year before the onset of the Great Depression. It still remains a mystery why Al Capone showed up in court to face tax evasion charges. IMHO, I would rate "Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend" at 4.0 stars.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Jan 30, 2017

Finding details on Capone's voice, his sound as he talked, turns out to be a hard thing as there is no known recording of it. The kind of detail Capone: Life Legacy and Legend provides in all areas of his life shines some light on his melodic tones when the writer notes on page 127, "His manner was suave, his voice gently modulated." That's quite the contrast with Robert De Niro's Capone in The Untouchables where he screams in a distinctly unsuave way. So the point is, a reader may discover characteristics of Capone in this book that shed a brighter light on his life than one thought or knew.

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StarGladiator
Jan 25, 2017

Trivia quiz:
A descendant of Capone works at which // white shoe \\ shyster firm?
[Answer: Covington & Burling]
Former Attorney General Eric Holder came from what shyster firm?
[Answer: Covington & Burling]
Carl Bildt, while foreign minister of Sweden, who led the extradition of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, is now at what law firm's Euro office?
[Answer: Covington & Burling]
From the leaked email to newly elected President Obama, we now know that Citigroup directed him to appoint which fellow from what shyster firm as his attorney general?
[Answer: Eric Holder, from Covington & Burling]
Michael Chertoff, former AG under Bush, who made a fortune from those x-ray machines sold to the TSA is now with which shyster firm?
[Answer: Covington & Burling]
The law firm responsible for creating MERS, and MERSCorp - - necessary for the global economic meltdown was . . .
[Answer: Covington & Burling]

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ShannonLin_27
Jan 25, 2017

this book was good, and it is in the limelight because it is a newly published book. It had some new information for me, but in my opinion, and if a gangsterologist, one may only need to read Young al Capone and Get Capone, for most of the same information. Those two books are pretty much gangsterology staples, of that specific time and in regards to Capone as well.

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