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Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend

Deirdre Bair
Format
Book
Published
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780385537155, 0385537158, 9780385537162 (ebook)
Summary
"From a National Book Award-winning biographer, the first complete life of legendary gangster Al Capone to be produced with the cooperation of his family, who provided the author with exclusive access to personal testimony and archival documents. Born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, to poor, Italian immigrant parents, Al Capone went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. In 1925, during the height of Prohibition, Capone's multi-million-dollar Chicago bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling operation dominated the organized-crime scene. His competition with rival gangs was brutally violent, a long-running war that crested with the shocking St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Through it all, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and the media elite, Capone remained above the fray. Federal income-tax evasion was the strongest charge that could be made to stick, and in 1931 he was sentenced to eleven years in federal prison. After serving six-and-a-half years, mostly in Alcatraz, a severely impaired Capone, badly damaged by neurosyphillis, was released to live out his final years with his family in Miami. From his heyday to the present moment, Al Capone's life has gripped the public imagination, and his gangster persona has been immortalized in the countless movies and books inspired by his exploits. But who was the man behind the legend? Capone loved to tell tall tales that perpetuated his mystique; newspapers loved him and frequently embellished or fabricated stories about him to sell copies. While some remember him as fundamentally kind and good, others speak of how frightening he was, a vicious, cold-blooded killer. Was Al really such a quotable wit? Did he really shower the poor with hundred-dollar bills and silver dollars from the window of his bulletproof car? Did he really keep a bevy of mistresses ensconced in his hotel headquarters in Chicago? Writing with exclusive access to Capone's descendants, Deirdre Bair finally gets at the truth behind this eternally fascinating man, who was equal parts charismatic mobster, doting father, and calculating monster"--
"Born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, to poor, Italian immigrant parents, Al Capone went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. In 1925, during the height of Prohibition, Capone's multi-million dollar Chicago bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling operation dominated the organized crime scene. His competition with rival gangs was brutally violent, a long-running war that crested with the shocking St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Through it all, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and the media elite, Capone remained above the fray; federal income-tax evasion was the strongest charge that could be made to stick, and in 1931, he was sentenced to eleven years in Federal prison. After serving six-and-a-half years, mostly in Alcatraz, a severely impaired Capone, badly damaged by neurosyphillis, was released to live out his final years with his family in Miami. From his heyday to our present moment, Al Capone's life has gripped the public imagination, and his gangster persona has been immortalized in the countless movies and books inspired by his exploits. But who was the man behind the legend? While some remember him as fundamentally kind and good, others speak of how frightening he was, a vicious, cold-blooded killer. Was Al really such a quotable wit? Did he really shower the poor with hundred-dollar bills and silver dollars from the window of his bullet-proof car? Did he really keep a bevy of mistresses ensconced in his hotel headquarters in Chicago? Writing with exclusive access to Capone's descendants, Deirdre Bair finally gets at the truth behind this eternally fascinating man, who was equal parts charismatic mobster, doting father, and calculating monster"--
Contents
  • Introduction
  • The early years
  • Mae
  • The need to make a living
  • Al comes to Chicago
  • The other Capones
  • The road to power
  • The fortunes of war
  • In hiding
  • The glory years
  • Inventing Al Capone
  • Legal woes
  • Atlantic City and after
  • In prison
  • "The elusive 'Scarface' Al"
  • A new day for Chicago
  • On the road to jail
  • Law enforcement by stigma
  • Jail is a bad place under any circumstances
  • "Who wouldn't be worried?"
  • "I guess it's all over"
  • "I'm in jail; aren't they satisfied?"
  • The most intriguing of all criminals
  • The endgame
  • The end
  • The legacy
  • The legend.
Description
395 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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