New PDF release: Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime

By John J. Binder

ISBN-10: 1541466829

ISBN-13: 9781541466821

ISBN-10: 1633882853

ISBN-13: 9781633882850

even if a lot has been written approximately Al Capone, there has no longer been--until now--a entire historical past of equipped crime in Chicago in the course of Prohibition. This exhaustively researched booklet covers the full interval from 1920 to 1933. writer John J. Binder, a famous authority at the historical past of geared up crime in Chicago, discusses the entire vital bootlegging gangs within the urban and the suburbs and likewise examines the opposite significant rackets, corresponding to prostitution, playing, hard work and enterprise racketeering, and narcotics.

A significant concentration is how the Capone gang -- considered one of twelve significant bootlegging mobs in Chicago firstly of Prohibition--gained a digital monopoly over geared up crime in northern Illinois and past. Binder additionally describes the struggle by means of federal and native experts, in addition to voters' teams, opposed to prepared crime. within the procedure, he refutes quite a few myths and misconceptions concerning the Capone gang, different felony teams, the St. Valentine's Day bloodbath, and gangland killings.

What emerges is a giant photo of the way Chicago's underworld developed in this interval. This huge viewpoint is going way past Capone and particular acts of violence and brings to mild what used to be taking place somewhere else in Chicagoland and after Capone went to penal complex.

Based on 25 years of study and utilizing many formerly unexplored resources, this attention-grabbing account of a bloody and colourful period in Chicago historical past becomes the definitive paintings at the subject.

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