Al Capone

Al Capone

His Life, Legacy, and Legend

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From a National Book Award-winning biographer, the first complete life of legendary gangster Al Capone to be produced with the cooperation of his family, who provided the author with exclusive access to personal testimony and archival documents.

From his heyday to the present moment, Al Capone--Public Enemy Number One--has gripped popular imagination. Rising from humble Brooklyn roots, Capone went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. At the height of Prohibition, his multimillion-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. Law enforcement and the media elite seemed powerless to stop the growth of his empire. And then the fall: a legal noose tightened by the FBI, a conviction on tax evasion, Alcatraz. After his release he returned to his family in Miami a much diminished man, living quietly until the ravages of his neurosyphilis took their final toll. But the slick mobster persona endures, immortalized in countless novels and movies.
The true flesh-and-blood man behind the legend has long remained a mystery. Unscrupulous newspaper accounts and Capone's own tall tales perpetuated his mystique, but through dogged research Deirdre Bair debunks the most outrageous of these myths. With the help of Capone's descendants, she discovers his essential humanity, uncovering a complex character that was flawed and sometimes cruel but also capable of nobility. And while revealing the private Al Capone, a genuine family man as remembered by those who knew him best, Bair relates how his descendants have borne his weighty legacy.
Rigorous and intimate, Al Capone provides new answers to the enduring questions about this fascinating figure, who was equal parts charismatic gangster, devoted patriarch, and calculating monster.
Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780385537155
0385537158
Characteristics: x, 395 pages :,illustrations

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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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