GANGLAND:THE EARLY YEARS. The Gangs of New York, London and Paris.

Author: Morton (James)
Year: 2003
Publisher: Time Warner.
Edition Details: h/b ISBN: 0316859362
Price: 19.00
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A book about criminal society and the characters who brought it about in the 19th and 20th centuries. It concentrates on the aristocrats of crime - men and women who stole and spent fortunes and, whilst a great many ended in prison and poverty, some went on to become millionaires and members of society. One of the lesser known facts of criminal life of 19th century was the ease with which criminals from London and New York moved between the two cities as well as spreading their enterprises not only across America but also into Europe. After a successful robbery in America or England, members of the team might take an extended working holiday. The files of the Pinkerton Detective Agency are littered with reports of which Americans were working in Europe and which English thieves were presently in New York or Chicago. But if the criminals were gearing up for modern times, so too were those on the side of good: 1850 saw the opening of Allan Pinkerton's famous detective agency; in New York, police officer Thomas Byrnes devised the so-called Third Degree; in France, Alphonse Bertillon was developing a system of identification. Meticulously researched and highly readable, the book explores the origins of organised crime - the foundations on which the Krays and the Mafia would build their underworld empires. The 'Early Years' also includes 'Charlie Peace' and 'Jack (the Ripper) in New York, Chicago and London?' Illus., Bibliog. and Index. 518pp. 8vo. New h/b in dw. Please make separate contact for an accurate postage charge.

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