Get Capone by Jonathan Eig
The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

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The real story of how the federal government finally apprehended and convicted America’s most notorious criminal, Al Capone.

Drawing on recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone’s handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation’s most infamous criminal in rich new detail.

From the moment he arrived in Chicago in 1920, Capone found himself in a world with limitless opportunity. Within a few years Capone controlled an illegal bootlegging business with annual revenue rivaling that of some of the nation’s largest corporations. Along the way he corrupted the Chicago police force and local courts while becoming one of the world’s first international celebrities. Legend credits Eliot Ness and his “Untouchables” with apprehending Capone, but Eig shows that this wasn’t so. In Get Capone, the man known as “Scarface” emerges as a complex man, doomed as much by his ego as by his vicious criminality. This is the real Al Capone.
 

About Jonathan Eig

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Jonathan Eig is a former writer and editor for the Chicago bureau of The Wall Street Journal and the former executive editor of Chicago magazine. He is the author of two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Luckiest Man won the Casey Award for best baseball book of 2005, and Opening Day was selected as one of the best books of 2007 by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Sports Illustrated. Mr. Eig lives in Chicago, half a mile from the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, with his family.
 
Published April 7, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 500 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime. Non-fiction

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Former Chicago magazine executive editor Eig (Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, 2007, etc.) rescues the narrative of Al Capone from the realm of pop melodrama, offering vibrant historical storytelling and a nuanced, enigmatic portrait of Capone and his Chicago milieu.

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This bloody account of Al Capone’s rise and fall is as much a dark history of urban America between the world wars as it is another mobster’s life story.

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Torrio and Capone, among others, stood ready to take advantage.” After his mentor Torrio, having been shot and almost killed in broad daylight, wisely decided to take early retirement, Capone rose to the top very quickly.

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Dallas News

Alphonse "Scarface" Capone was in the right place at the right time for his kind of work: bootleg alcohol, racketeering, drugs and prostitution.

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BookPage

But now I know from Get Capone that the shots were fired by some of Capone’s hit men from a building across the street, killing several rival mobsters.

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Jonathan Eig, a former writer and editor for the Wall Street Journal, is the author of best-selling biographies of Lou Gehrig (Luckiest Man, 3.5 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2005 ) and Jackie Robinson.

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