Eliot Ness and the Untouchables: The Historical Reality and the Film and Television Depictions, 2d ed.

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Lawman Eliot Ness has been transformed into a legend by the films and television programs that depicted the war he and his "Untouchables" waged against Al Capone and the mobsters of Prohibition-era Chicago. Published by McFarland in 2000, the first edition of this volume analyzed both Ness the person and Ness the myth. This updated and expanded second edition is enhanced by information gathered through interviews with members of the original casts of the TV and film versions of ...

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Overview

Lawman Eliot Ness has been transformed into a legend by the films and television programs that depicted the war he and his "Untouchables" waged against Al Capone and the mobsters of Prohibition-era Chicago. Published by McFarland in 2000, the first edition of this volume analyzed both Ness the person and Ness the myth. This updated and expanded second edition is enhanced by information gathered through interviews with members of the original casts of the TV and film versions of The Untouchables.

Also included is new material on the historical Frank Nitti and "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run," along with several gangsters whom Ness never actually encountered except in his media portrayals, among them Mad Dog Coll and Dutch Schultz. The author concludes by evaluating the life and accomplishments of Eliot Ness, and his impact as a cultural icon."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786449965
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/19/2011
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Tucker is professor emeritus of English at Murray State University. He has written previously on a variety of literary figures and on the performing arts. He lives in Murray, Kentucky.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

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    History fans will want to read this one...

    Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite

    "Eliot Ness and The Untouchables", Second Edition by Kenneth Tucker, is a story depicting not only the life of Elliot Ness but that of AL Capone as well as Frank Nitti. The first half of the book deals with Elliot’s life from his young age up to his becoming a lawman and to his retirement. When one hears of Elliot Ness one may think of the Chicago mobs, bootleg whiskey and gangland killings. Many of the mobsters of that day were out to try and kill Elliot Ness and eventually change his name to Eliot. The last part of the book deals with the movie the 'Untouchables' and then delves into the Television Series starring Robert Stack. Most of the shows on television were written off of old case files so that one finds truth with an amount of fiction combined. Really very little is known about the Untouchables, the men who worked with Elliot Ness back in the Prohibition-era Chicago, but they help solved many crimes with Elliot.

    'The Untouchables' was one of my favorite TV shows and as I read about them in this book it brought back memories of the many nights I sat and watched it on television. Many of the younger generation today have probably never seen the series unless it is out in syndication at some stations, but I imagine they have heard about the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. This in itself would help them to know a little about the book. The book has several pictures throughout which makes the book quite interesting and instructive to go along with the story of his life’s endeavors, his troubles and his family life. I feel that anyone who likes to read up on that time of history and the gangland wars will enjoy reading this updated book on Eliot Ness and his team of the Untouchables.

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