The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster
By Jonathan Eig
Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781416580607, 468pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2011
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.
“Riveting. . . . Eig's book is full of fascinating details about the Windy City, as well as the rest of America in the 1920s.”
—Elizabeth Bennett, Dallas Morning News
Jonathan Eig's book Get Capone reveals new insights about the famous Chicago gangster â�� including how freely he spoke to reporters, the time he shot himself in the groin, and how venereal disease eventually robbed him of his health and sanity. More at NPR.org
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