Capone: The Man and the Era

Capone: The Man and the Era

by Laurence Bergreen
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Capone: The Man and the Era by Laurence Bergreen

In this brilliant history of Prohibition and its most notorious gangster, acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen takes us to the gritty streets of Chicago where Al Capone forged his sinister empire.

Bergreen shows the seedy and glamorous sides of the age, the rise of Prohibition, the illicit liquor trade, the battlefield that was Chicago. Delving beyond the Capone mythology. Bergreen finds a paradox: a coldblooded killer, thief, pimp, and racketeer who was also a devoted son and father; a self-styled Robin Hood who rose to the top of organized crime. Capone is a masterful portrait of an extraordinary time and of the one man who reigned supreme over it all, Al Capone.

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ISBN-13: 9781439128459
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 478,431
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Laurence Bergreen is an award-winning biographer and historian. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Among his books are biographies of Christopher Columbus, Giacomo Casanova, Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, Louis Armstrong, Al Capone, and Irving Berlin. He lives in New York City.

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Capone: The Man and the Era 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This is a big biography about the larger than life figure whose name became synonymous with gangster. Laurence Bergreen places him in the context of an era and a city where morality had turned upside down. He traces Capone’s life from his humble beginnings through his heyday and then through his time in prison, decline, and death. There are plenty of underworld tales but the author also visits the themes of families and the different paths they choose, celebrity, and social hypocrisy. If you ever wanted to know the true story behind The Untouchables and Prohibition, I recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so great in details. i couldn't stop reading it. i love reading things on Al Capone. he was one interesting and crazy guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this to be a fascinating account of the rise & fall of the Capone family. It goes into great detail about how the early racketeers came to power and explained the various relationships they had with one another. It really shows what a flawed & failed folly prohibition was. I found it hard to put down and devoured it's some 833 pages. Very informative of the era and the people that lived in it on both sides of the law.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of good info and good writing in this, but unfortunately Bergreen goes out on a limb with wild speculation far too often. His theories, such as the one about Capone being a figurehead for the obscure Frankie LaPorte, are based on the flimsiest of evidence (or, as Bergreen himself puts it, 'the evidence is circumstantial but compelling'!) and almost completely ruin the book. A good read for Capone buffs but it was rendered obsolete by Schoenberg's Mr. Capone before it was even written. Ivan Rorick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy flow of subject Insightful
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rocked. It was full of details and analysis of why certain things in the history of Chicago occured. It isn't only about Capone, but also about his colleagues and his enemies. Furthermore, it has a lot to do with the history of Chicago and organized crime. For anyone that wants a book that is informing, but also fun to reaad, I recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. The book provides a great factual history on the most legendary gangster of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havn't read the entire book yet, but im more than half way through and its awsome. The book not only tells the story of the mos notorious gangster that ever lived, but of all his buisness partners, family members, friends and of a time rich in violence and also honor amongst thieves and killers. Its great, full of details and historical facts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How incredible a writer, who can bring to life not only the Man we thought we knew, but the unbelievable times that fertilized his destiny. I could smell the brew cooking in the stills. The cold winds of Chicago, whistling past the hum of the 16 cylinder Cadillac's, machine guns blaring, came to life as they sped through the streets. I had the urge to go back in time and warn the 'Big Guy' of the backstabbing snitches who turned disloyal. This was truely a book I didn't want to stop reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sooo good that I couldn't put it down. I never realized that Capone wasn't as bad as he was depicted by the movies and other media until I read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books ever written about the world's most famous racketeer. It was in depth and factual.