Frank Nitti: The True Story of Chicago's Notorious Enforcer

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Frank The Enforcer Nitti is arguably the most glamorized gangster in history. He was an infamous Chicago wiseguy who eventually rose to command the city's premier underworld organization—The Outfit. Though he has been widely mentioned in fictional works, this is the first book to document Nitti's real-life criminal career alongside his pop culture persona, with special chapters devoted to the many television shows, movies, and songs featuring Nitti. Author Ronald Humble chronicles The Enforcer's beginnings in New...

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Frank Nitti: The True Story of Chicago's Notorious Enforcer

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Overview

Frank The Enforcer Nitti is arguably the most glamorized gangster in history. He was an infamous Chicago wiseguy who eventually rose to command the city's premier underworld organization—The Outfit. Though he has been widely mentioned in fictional works, this is the first book to document Nitti's real-life criminal career alongside his pop culture persona, with special chapters devoted to the many television shows, movies, and songs featuring Nitti. Author Ronald Humble chronicles The Enforcer's beginnings in New York's Navy Street Boys to his position as Al Capone's second-in-command and eventual leadership of the outfit, with bodies piling up along the way.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781569803424
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,396,045
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    An Excellent Read

    Anyone with even just a passing interest in true crime in general or organized crime in particular will find this a worthy investment. It¿s the detailed and well-sourced account of Frank ¿The Enforcer¿ Nitti, who was Al Capone¿s consigliere and underboss and who took control of the Chicago ¿Outfit¿ in 1931, when Capone was convicted and imprisoned for ten years for income-tax evasion. Just a couple of years before that, Nitti masterminded the St. Valentine¿s Day Massacre when members of the ¿Outfit¿ disguised as Chicago police and detectives mowed down seven members of George Moran¿s North Side Gang. When the killers emerged from the scene, two of them had their hands in the air and the other two followed with machine guns at their backs they escaped in what looked like a police squad car. You might say it was a pretty well planned operation. Author Ronald Humble provides an alternative interpretation of the events underpinning the murder of Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak in Miami, Florida, which is usually viewed as a failed attempt on the life of President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. Humble lays out persuasive evidence that the mayor, not the future president, was the intended target, as payback for an unsuccessful attempt on Nitti¿s life¿instigated by Cermak¿just two months prior. Particularly interesting to this reviewer are the parallels drawn between Giuseppe Zangara, who was executed for the Cermak assassination, and Lee Oswald the accused assassin of President John Kennedy. Nitti eventually killed himself (or so it seems) in 1943, because he couldn¿t face returning to prison, along with other senior members of the Outfit, on racketeering and mail-fraud charges related to extortion in Hollywood. Whether suicide or homicide, Nitti met his maker as a direct or indirect result of over-reaching himself, despite his cunning and high intelligence, an interesting reflection of the human condition. Although ¿Frank Nitti¿ is a name well known in popular culture, chiefly as a result of inclusion of the character in ¿The Untouchables¿ television series and Hollywood movies, Humble provides the real scoop: little of what we¿ve seen on the small or big screen accurately reflects the man, his motives or his deeds. If you think you already know Frank Nitti, probably you still need to read this book. Appendices provide a useful chronology of the main events in Nitti¿s life and a detailed organizational structure of the Outfit during the years it was controlled by the Enforcer. There¿s also a comprehensive index. Highly recommended.

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