AL CAPONE The Biography of a Self-made Man.

Author: Pasley (Fred D.)
Year: 1968
Publisher: Faber.
Edition Details: 2nd edn. reprint (UK) (1st pub. 1931)
Book Condition: Vg.
Price: 6.00
Softcover. Intro' and Epilogue by Andrew Sinclair (2nd edn. reprint). The story of Al Capone, chief of all Chicago gangsters. Coming to Chicago in 1920 an impecunious hoodlum, by 1929 Capone was estimated by attaches of the internal revenue service to be worth $20,000,000. Since the March morning in 1920 when 'Big Jim' Colosimo slumped to the floor of his cafe with a bullet in the brain, more than 500 men died in gangster slayings. Out of the carnage, in 1927, Capone emerged supreme and unchallenged as Chicago's bootleg boss, controlling the sources of supply from Canada and the Florida east coast and the operations of local wildcat breweries and distilleries. His story goes up to 1930 with Capone at his heyday, lord of Chicago, king of the Gold Coast, emperor of the gangs, god of crime. For Pasley, unaware of the imminent and banal downfall of his anti-hero, Capone is lit up by the constant flash of Thompson machine guns and the green of falling dollars and the racket of night life and the bloody mayhem of craven massacres. With Map of Part of Chicago. 325pp. trade size softcover. With previous owner's name/date insc. to fep, lightly browned edges o/w Vg.


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