Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wante (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 27, 2010 - True Crime - 480 pages
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The real story of how the federal government finally apprehended and convicted America’s most notorious criminal, Al Capone.

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.
  

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Review: Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

User Review  - Rob Deters - Goodreads

A pretty decent and evocative account of how Capone was actually brought down. As a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago I appreciated its fairly accurate recounting of the legal history to his case. A lot of good insight and colorful anecdotes. A great read. Read full review

Review: Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

User Review  - Gary - Goodreads

This is a fascinating, detailed history of Al Capone's life. I was skeptical at first, as non-fiction mobster research isn't my usual reading material. But this one kept me interested with detailed ... Read full review

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Contents

The Getting of It
3
Goodbye Diamond Jim
10
A Little House on South Prairie
18
Im Sure It Was Capone
24
Funny Notions
32
A Man of Destiny
38
Heat Wave
45
He Will Knock You Flat Just for Fun
50
Little Caesar
180
St Valentines Day
187
PARt thREECAPonE FAlling
195
An Unsolved Crime
197
The Most Sore Necessity of Our Times
203
The Brightest Days
211
Have You Got Capone Yet?
219
Locked Up
226

The Peacemaker
57
QIs for Quincy
66
Sorry About That Hymie
73
A Smile and a Gun
81
The Grinder
85
The Better Element
92
PARt tWoKing CAPonE
99
Theres Worse Fellows in the World than Me
101
Uneasy Lies the Head
115
Deepest in Dirt
126
Pineapples and Coconuts
130
The Graduation of Frankie Yale
143
Hooverization
153
I Do Not Stay Up Late
160
The Enforcer
163
The Formidable Alphonse
173
Elegant Mess
234
The Napoleon of Chicago
247
The Big Fellow Chills
254
Silent Partner
260
Lady Nobodys on the Legit
266
Public Enemy Number One
278
There Is No Friendship Among Hoodlums
294
Contempt
303
Death and Taxes
311
United States Against Al Capone
320
The SoCalled Untouchables
336
Who Wouldnt Be Worried?
343
The Verdict
360
Acknowledgments
399
Index
451
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Jonathan Eig is a former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Visit him at JonathanEig.com.

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