Author: Letts (Mary)
Year: 1974
Publisher: Wayland
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: Vg/Vg
Price: 8.00
Hardback. Chicago in the 1920s - no bars, no gambling dens, no "booze" - by law. For this was the amazing era of Prohibition, when alcohol was outlawed throughout the entire USA. Thirsty America, spurning the soft-drink parlours, turned to the bootlegger for help. It was largely out of this that Al Capone, Italian immigrant, bootlegger extraordinary, murderer, built his vast empire of crime. "Kill or be killed" was the creed of gangdom and Capone stuck to it to the letter, until he was "mayor, governor and machine boss all rolled into one". How was it possible? In this book the author gives an account of Capone's life against the background of political and police corruption rife in Chicago at the time. In a city where witnesses to crimes would mysteriously lose their memories overnight, where policemen readily accepted hush-money, where the mayor himself openly defied the law, Capone was allowed to make a brutal piece of history. The story does not end with his death. Capone left a legacy. He taught his successors how to turn crime into big business. And regretfully he taught them well. Profusely illus., Principal Characters, Table of Dates, Glossary + Index. 94pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Ex-lib. with discreet markings, ie a couple of small rubber stamps, and no 'pocket'. Vg. in sunned vg. dw.


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