American Gangsters, Then and Now: An Encyclopedia

American Gangsters, Then and Now: An Encyclopedia

by Nate Hendley
     
 

A detailed compendium of American gangsters and gangs from the end of the Civil War to the present day.

• Comprises 50 alphabetically organized entries on American gangsters and gangs from the post-Civil War era to the present

• Offers a wealth of primary sources, including newspaper articles dating back to the 1880s and FBI files obtained by the

Overview

A detailed compendium of American gangsters and gangs from the end of the Civil War to the present day.

• Comprises 50 alphabetically organized entries on American gangsters and gangs from the post-Civil War era to the present

• Offers a wealth of primary sources, including newspaper articles dating back to the 1880s and FBI files obtained by the author

• Includes photographs of prominent American gangsters and the aftermaths of their crimes

• Presents a glossary of gangster slang, past and present

• Provides a comprehensive index

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…perfect for general audiences…Recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal

"The writing in this compendium blazes with the glow of crime novels and gangbuster series while delivering loads of fascinating and gory details on American organized crime. . . . this quality work, which comes with full-text online access, fills a niche." - School Library Journal

"The book is designed…for academic research on the background and life of gangster organizations." - Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The writing in this compendium blazes with the glow of crime novels and gangbuster series while delivering loads of fascinating and gory details on American organized crime. Though a few pieces discuss schemes ("Numbers Racket," "Black Hand") and criminal topics ("Drug Trade," "Weapons"), most of Hendley's 44 entries cover individuals or groups from pre-Civil War-era gangs such as the Dead Rabbits to present-day criminals such as MS 13. Each entry is cross-referenced where appropriate and comes with a further-reading list; most also include a black-and-white photo. Hendley includes a helpful two-and-a-half-page glossary and a useful 10-page bibliography of print and web resources. Students wanting to do serious research on many of these figures will need to go beyond some of the familiar periodical databases. Therefore, this quality work, which comes with full-text online access, fills a niche.—Herman Sutter, St. Agnes Academy, Houston, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313354519
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Nate Hendley is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Canada. His published works include Greenwood's Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography.

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