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By John Kobler

ISBN-10: 0306812851

ISBN-13: 9780306812859

The public referred to as him Scarface; the FBI known as him Public Enemy number 1; his affiliates known as him Snorky. yet Capone is the identify so much have in mind. And John Kobler’s Capone is the definitive biography of this such a lot brutal and flamboyant of the underground kings—an intimate and dramatic ebook that provides an entire view of Al Capone and his gaudy period. this is Capone’s tale: his violent formative years in Brooklyn, his lieutenancy to Johnny Torrio, his upward push within the ranks of the underworld, the infamous St. Valentine bloodbath, his eventual regulate of the whole urban of Chicago, and his decline in the course of his imprisonment in Alcatraz. Capone was once the final word gangster, and Capone is the last word in gangster biographies—a vintage within the literature of crime.

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Had been inlaid in the oak parquet. At the left a bathroom contained an immense sunken tub with gold-plated faucets and ceramic tiles of Nile green and royal purple. An ancient Oriental rug covered the floor of the salon, and the high ceiling was embossed with an elaborate foliage design. A chandelier of amber and smoked glass shed a soft light. In an artificial fireplace a heap of artificial coal, covering light bulbs, glowed ruby red. A radio set had been built into the paneling above the mantel.

Nobody's on the legit" 255 19. Case Jacket SI-7085-F 270 20. Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Capone Request the Pleasure. . 283 21. A Murder a Day 287 22. ". . regardez le gorille" 306 23. Paper Chase 316 24. Aggiornamento 323 25. The Reckoning 328 26. "Received . . . the body of the within named prisoner. named prisoner. " 347 27. Island of Pelicans 357 28. Tertiary Stage 374 APPENDIX: The Heritage 379 SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 387 INDEX 395 Illustrations follow pages 64, 256, 384. Play it across the table What if we steal this city blind?

To compound his sense of humiliation, he was committed to the destruction of the man whose aid he sought. Among the city's "Public Enemies," a term Loesch himself had coined to dispel the romantic aura with which the yellow press had clothed gangsters, Al Capone ranked No. 1. Yet who but Capone could or would, this autumn of 1928, guarantee a free, honest election to the voters of Cook County? Not the governor of the state, an embezzler and protector of felons. Not Chicago's grotesque mayor. Not the state's attorney, who had never successfully prosecuted a single gangster.

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