Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime by John J. Binder

By John J. Binder

even if a lot has been written approximately Al Capone, there has now not been--until now--a whole heritage of equipped crime in Chicago in the course of Prohibition. This exhaustively researched ebook covers the total interval from 1920 to 1933. writer John J. Binder, a famous authority at the heritage of geared up crime in Chicago, discusses all of the very important bootlegging gangs within the urban and the suburbs and likewise examines the opposite significant rackets, corresponding to prostitution, playing, exertions and company racketeering, and narcotics.

A significant concentration is how the Capone gang -- considered one of twelve significant bootlegging mobs in Chicago in the beginning of Prohibition--gained a digital monopoly over prepared crime in northern Illinois and past. Binder additionally describes the struggle by means of federal and native specialists, in addition to voters' teams, opposed to equipped crime. within the strategy, he refutes quite a few myths and misconceptions concerning the Capone gang, different legal teams, the St. Valentine's Day bloodbath, and gangland killings.

What emerges is a giant photograph of the way Chicago's underworld advanced in this interval. This large point of view is going well past Capone and particular acts of violence and brings to gentle what was once occurring in other places in Chicagoland and after Capone went to penal complex.

Based on 25 years of analysis and utilizing many formerly unexplored resources, this interesting account of a bloody and colourful period in Chicago historical past turns into the definitive paintings at the subject.

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