The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

by Herbert Asbury
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The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld by Herbert Asbury

First published in 1928, Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low life of nineteenth-century New York has become an indispensable classic of urban history. Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the Bowery and the notorious Five Points district, The Gangs of New York dramatically evokes the destitution and shocking violence of a turbulent era, when colorfully named criminals like Dandy John Dolan, Bill the Butcher, and Hell-Cat Maggie lurked in the shadows, and infamous gangs like the Plug Uglies, the Dead Rabbits, and the Bowery Boys ruled the streets. A rogues' gallery of prostitutes, pimps, poisoners, pickpockets, murderers, and thieves, The Gangs of New York is a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a city's dark past.

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ISBN-13: 9780880294294
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/1990
Series: Old Town Books Reprints Series
Pages: 400

About the Author

Herbert Asbury, an early 20th-century journalist, made a name for himself by documenting the gangs, pimps, prostitutes, and thieves that thrived in the underbellies of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans. His works, still in print after seventy-five years, are often hailed as the best snapshots of their time period. The Gangs of New York was the basis of Martin Scorcese's 2003 film.

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