Capone by Laurence Bergreen
The Man and the Era

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In this brilliant history of Prohibition and its most notorious gangster, acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen takes us to the gritty streets of Chicago where Al Capone forged his sinister empire. Bergreen shows the seedy and glamorous sides of the age, the rise of Prohibition, the illicit liquor trade, the battlefield that was Chicago. Delving beyond the Capone mythology. Bergreen finds a paradox: a coldblooded killer, thief, pimp, and racketeer who was also a devoted son and father; a self-styled Robin Hood who rose to the top of organized crime. Capone is a masterful portrait of an extraordinary time and of the one man who reigned supreme over it all, Al Capone.
 

About Laurence Bergreen

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Laurence Bergreen is a prize-winning biographer and historian. His books have been translated into fifteen languages worldwide. His last book, Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, was a New York Times "Notable Book" for 2003 and a bestseller. He has written for many national publications including Esquire, Newsweek, and The Chicago Tribune. Mr. Bergreen graduated from Harvard in 1972. He is a member of PEN American Center, and is a trustee of the New York Society Library. He lives in New York.
 
Published August 5, 1996 by Simon & Schuster / Touchstone. 704 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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``I have never before written about someone who differed so sharply from his reputation as Al Capone,'' concludes Bergreen (As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, 1990, etc.) in this shallow life of Public Enemy No.

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In 1925, at the age of 26, Al Capone became the most powerful, most visible racketeer in Prohibition-era Chicago. Bergreen ( As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin ) has done a prodigious amoun

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Biography of the legendary prohibition-era gangster.

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He also writes of the colorful characters who were involved with Capone, including Eliot Ness (made famous by TV's The Untouchables ) who Bergreen claims had little to do with Capone's arrest.

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