Get Capone

Get Capone

The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

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Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Jonathan Eig blows the lid off the Al Capone story. Based on never-before-seen government documents and newly discovered letters written by Al Capone himself, Get Capone presents America's greatest gangster as you've never seen him before. In addition to IRS files, Eig got hold of the personal papers of the U.S. attorney in Chicago who prosecuted Capone. He even found family members who would share stories about their notorious relative.The author, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, brings his uncompromising standards for research and his superb knack for storytelling to one of the most thrilling stories in American history. This eye-opening biography reveals that Capone was the target of one of the most intense criminal investigations in American history—with orders coming directly from the White House. Capone flaunted his criminal success so openly that President Hoover insisted the gangster be stopped. And, despite his many misdeeds, Capone may have been the victim of a rigged trial.Get Capone also offers a bold new theory to explain the Valentine's Day Massacre and sheds new light on Capone's connection—or lack thereof—to the crime.
Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400195312
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Hill, Dick
OverDrive, Inc


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ColinSick Jan 06, 2013

Eig presents a very sympathetic account of America's most favourite gangster. The most unsavoury aspects of Al's chosen vocation are glossed over and he's portrayed as a loving family man who provided a service that most wanted. No one comes across as heroic in this saga - especially Elliot Ness and the politicians, judges and law men who conspired to put Capone away for tax evasion. As an aside an old timer who lived in Windsor told some lively stories about the time he worked as a mechanic across the river, concentrating exclusively on maintaining Capone's fleet of trucks. He had not one bad word to say about Capone who maintained his workforce during the depression. He said Capone did more for the working man during this period than either the Canadian or American governments. This is an interesting story but in the end it leaves too much unanswered about public enemy # 1.


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