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Gangs of Chicago
By Herbert Asbury

The Gangs of Chicago

An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld

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Gangs of Chicago by Herbert Asbury

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This classic history of crime tells how Chicago's underworld earned--and kept--its reputation. Recounting the lives of such notorious denizens as the original Mickey Finn, the mass murderer H. H. Holmes, and the three Car Barn Bandits, Asbury reveals life as it was lived in the criminal districts of the Levee, Hell's Half-Acre, the Bad Lands, Little Cheyenne, Custom House Place, and the Black Hole. His description of Chicago's infamous red light district--where the brothels boasted opulence unheard of before or since--vividly captures the wicked splendor that was Chicago. The Gangs of Chicago spans from the time "Slab Town" was settled to Prohibition days. The story of Chicago's golden age of crime climaxes with a dramatic account of the careers of the "biggest of the Big Shots": Big Jim Colosimo, Terrible Johnny Torrio, and the elusive Al Capone. Photographs and illustrations round out this telling of Chicago's early underworld. "Still the most detailed, reliable, and readable account of the nether side of Chicago's first century, deserves reading and rereading..."--Perry R. Duis, Chicago historian

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781560254546
ISBN-10: 1560254548
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Gangs of Chicago by Herbert Asbury Gangs of Chicago, Paperback (June 2003)

Tells how the Chicago underworld earned its notorious reputation, from the time it was settled to the Prohibition days of the 1920s. With photographs, this history of crime climaxes with the city's golden age of crime and an account of the careers of the Big Shots - Big Jim Colosimo, Terrible Johnny Torrio, and the elusive Al Capone.

French Quarter by Herbert Asbury French Quarter, Paperback (February 2003)

This long out-of-print chronicle of the sordid history of New Orleans's underworld by Asbury ("The Gangs of New York") chronicles the city's history as the first gambling capital in the United States, its bordellos, and its violent street crime.

Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury Gangs of New York, Paperback (January 2003)

Life in mid-19 century New York was tough, and violence and corruption were rife. Two gangs, the Dead Rabbits and the Native Americans, were locked in an endless battle for supremacy. Amsterdam Vallon, son of the Rabbits' murdered leader, is seeking vengeance for his father's death at the hands of Bill 'The Butcher'.

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