The Gangs of New Orleans
An Informal History of the French Quarter Underworld
By (author) Herbert Asbury
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Gangs of New Orleans by Herbert Asbury
Book DescriptionHome to the notorious "Blue Book", which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans' infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In "The Gangs of New Orleans", Herbert Asbury, author of "The Gangs of New York", chronicles the immense underbelly of 'The Big Easy'. From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane 'Bricktop' Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary 'filibusters' who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support - though without official governmental approval - undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing journey through a unique history of the American underworld.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099455080
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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, 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, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by Herbert Asbury
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'.
UK Kirkus Review » The recent interest in the author's celebrated The Gangs of New York, has prompted this welcome reprint of his take on New Orleans. Here Asbury chronicles the underworld history of 'The Big Easy'; tracing events from Bienville's early difficulties in establishing the city, through Spanish rule, American Independence and up to the late 19th century. It's a very entertaining work, covering far more than the activities of criminal gangs. From the off the book throws out countless rich anecdotes and tales, such as those concerning the infamous Jean Lafitte - a gentleman hero and patriot to some, pirate and killer to others - and the nefarious activities of various women of the Blue Book - a kind of Yellow Pages of prostitution. Along the way there are dozens more glittering nuggets to enjoy, featuring an array of con artists, gamblers, killers, Voodoo priestesses, and a complementary gallery of feckless citizens, suckers and victims. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Herbert Asbury
Herbert Asbury was born into a strictly Methodist family in Missouri in 1889. His pious background and his subsequent rejection of Methodism greatly influenced both his philosophy of life and his career as reporter and author. Indeed, many of his books deal with the darker, seamier side of American life. He died in 1963 of chronic lung problems, the legacy of a gas-attack in France during the first World War.
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