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Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

by Jonathan Eig


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The real story of how the federal government finally apprehended and convicted America’s most notorious criminal, Al Capone.

Drawing on recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone’s handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation’s most infamous criminal in rich new detail.

From the moment he arrived in Chicago in 1920, Capone found himself in a world with limitless opportunity. Within a few years Capone controlled an illegal bootlegging business with annual revenue rivaling that of some of the nation’s largest corporations. Along the way he corrupted the Chicago police force and local courts while becoming one of the world’s first international celebrities. Legend credits Eliot Ness and his “Untouchables” with apprehending Capone, but Eig shows that this wasn’t so. In Get Capone, the man known as “Scarface” emerges as a complex man, doomed as much by his ego as by his vicious criminality. This is the real Al Capone.

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ISBN-13: 9781416580607
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 131,004
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Eig is a former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Visit him at

Table of Contents

Part 1 Capone Rising 13

1 The Getting of It 15

2 Good-bye, Diamond Jim 28

3 A Little House on South Prairie 43

4 "I'm Sure It Was Capone" 54

5 Funny Notions 69

6 A Man of Destiny 79

7 Heat Wave 90

8 "He Will Knock You Flat Just for Fun" 99

9 The Peacemaker 111

10 Q Is for Quincy 127

11 Sorry About That, Hymie 139

12 A Smile and a Gun 154

13 The Grinder 162

14 The Better Element 174

Part 2 King Capone 185

15 "There's Worse Fellows in the World than Me" 187

16 Uneasy Lies the Head 212

17 Deepest in Dirt 233

18 Pineapples and Coconuts 241

19 The Graduation of Frankie Yale 265

20 Hooverization 284

21 "I Do Not Stay Up Late" 296

22 The Enforcer 301

23 The Formidable Alphonse 319

24 Little Caesar 331

25 St. Valentine's Day 345

Part 3 Capone Falling 359

26 "An Unsolved Crime" 361

27 "The Most Sore Necessity of Our Times" 371

28 The Brightest Days 386

29 "Have You Got Capone Yet?" 400

30 Locked Up 413

31 Elegant Mess 428

32 The Napoleon of Chicago 451

33 The Big Fellow Chills 464

34 Silent Partner 473

35 "Lady, Nobody's on the Legit" 483

36 Public Enemy Number One 505

37 "There Is No Friendship Among Hoodlums" 533

38 Contempt 549

39 Death and Taxes 562

40 United States Against Al Capone 578

41 The So-Called Untouchables 606

42 "Who Wouldn't Be Worried?" 618

43 Big Spender 636

44 The Verdict 648

Epilogue 663

Acknowledgments 715

Sources 721

Notes 725

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"[Eig] paints a masterly portrait of America's all-time favorite crime boss.... Rich in deaitl and historical context." —-The Christian Science Monitor

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