By John J. Binder

ISBN-10: 1541466829

ISBN-13: 9781541466821

ISBN-10: 1633882853

ISBN-13: 9781633882850

even supposing a lot has been written approximately Al Capone, there has no longer been--until now--a entire heritage of geared up crime in Chicago in the course of Prohibition. This exhaustively researched publication covers the full interval from 1920 to 1933. writer John J. Binder, a famous authority at the background of equipped crime in Chicago, discusses all of the very important bootlegging gangs within the urban and the suburbs and in addition examines the opposite significant rackets, reminiscent of prostitution, playing, hard work and enterprise racketeering, and narcotics.

A significant concentration is how the Capone gang -- one in all twelve significant bootlegging mobs in Chicago in the beginning of Prohibition--gained a digital monopoly over geared up crime in northern Illinois and past. Binder additionally describes the struggle by way of federal and native gurus, in addition to voters' teams, opposed to prepared crime. within the technique, he refutes a number of myths and misconceptions on the topic of the Capone gang, different legal teams, the St. Valentine's Day bloodbath, and gangland killings.

What emerges is a giant photo of the way Chicago's underworld advanced in this interval. This vast viewpoint is going way past Capone and particular acts of violence and brings to gentle what was once occurring in different places in Chicagoland and after Capone went to penitentiary.

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

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