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No business, legitimate or otherwise, has had a more raucous influence on the history of a city than that of the Outfit in Chicago. From the roots of organized crime in the late 19th century to the present day, The Chicago Outfit examines the evolution of the city's underworld, focusing on their business activities and leadership along with the violence and political protection they employed to become the most successful of the Cosa Nostra crime families. Through a vivid and visually stunning collection of images, many of which are published here for the first time, author John Binder tells the story of the people and places of the world of organized crime from a fresh and informed point of view.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of America Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.62(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.37(d)|
About the Author
Mr. Binder has been researching and studying organized crime in Chicago for over 12 years. He was the president of the Merry Gangsters Literary Society and the historical advisor on the A&E biography Al Capone and the History Channel's The St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For years, I heard the names, saw them in tawdry headlines, but now, after reading John Binder's concise but comprehensive volume, I can put faces and demeanor to the names. Binder encapsulates the underside of twentieth century Chicago history in a text that is superb in its scope and brevity. But it will be the pictures that will grab you with their striking images, some hard to look at, some comical, some even demure and dapper. A book you will read at one sitting and return to in researching an unforgettable era!
The Chicago Outfit by John J. Binder is truly a masterpiece! Abundantly filled with wonderful information and rare photographs. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the evolution of Chicago¿s underworld! A true must have!
The Chicago Outfit by John Binder is nothing less than BRILLIANT! I highly recommend this well reseached & fascinating book on Chicago Mobsters. This book is packed with tons of NEW information and RARE photographs. I considered it an honor to add 'The Chicago Outfit' to my personal collection. Good reading! Thanks, Tony Stewart - Author of 'Dillinger, The Hidden Truth.'
This book is essential to anyone who has an interest in the Chicago outfit. A great pictorial with many never seen before mug shots of the most notorious gangsters in Chicago's past. Now the faces can be put to all the great mob stories.