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by Paul R. Kavieff
     
 

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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang is a photographic history of one of the most notorious organized crime groups of the 20th century. The photographs chronologically follow the evolution of the Purples from their days as a juvenile street gang through their rise to power and eventual self-destruction. Using rare police department mug shots and group photographs, the

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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang is a photographic history of one of the most notorious organized crime groups of the 20th century. The photographs chronologically follow the evolution of the Purples from their days as a juvenile street gang through their rise to power and eventual self-destruction. Using rare police department mug shots and group photographs, the book transports readers through the dark side of Prohibition-era Detroit history. Detroit had a gold rush atmosphere and a thriving black market during the 1920s that attracted gangsters and unsavory characters from all over the country.

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Title: Detroit bound: Literate gifts with a local bearting

Author: Michael Jackman

Publisher: Detroit Metro Times

Date: 12/01/2008

This year, we've seen a profusion of books that relate to our region, rolling off the presses everywhere from national trade publishers to university presses to even local individuals. So whatever the bookworms in your life are interested in, there's a volume related to Detroit, the state or the region that'll fill their stockings.

If you're shopping for a fan of Detroit history who's less interested in text than in photography, this year saw a new slew of Arcadia Press' appealing historical photographic paperbacks (all costing about $20). This year, Arcadia's Detroit titles include books about crime (Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang), local sports (Metro Detroit's High School Football Rivalries), music (Motor City Rock and Roll: The 1960s and 1970s), public service (The Detroit Police Department) and shopping (20th-Century Retailing in Downtown Detroit). Fans of Detroit's many bars and saloons will enjoy Detroit's Historic Drinking Establishments, with its unprecedented collection of photographs documenting such watering holes as Russell House, the Gayety, Chin Tiki, the Flame Show Bar, Lindell A.C. and Cliff Bell's, with a special eye to taverns' roles as civic meeting places, and a doff of the cap to Detroit's Prohibition-era speakeasies and historic cigar and brewing businesses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738552385
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
487,763
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


Paul R. Kavieff received his undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Rochester. He holds a master's degree in modern U.S. history from Wayne State University. Kavieff is a foremost authority on the Prohibition-era Detroit underworld. He is also a nationally recognized organized crime historian and the author of The Life and Times of Lepke Buchalter: America's Most Ruthless Labor Racketeer. The photographs in this book represent the personal collection of the author obtained through archives and relatives of Purple Gangsters.

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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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