The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

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Capricorn Books, 1928 - History - 400 pages
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First published in 1928, Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low-life of nineteenth-century New York has become an indispensible classic of urban history.

Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the Bowery and the notorious Five Points district, The Gangs of New York dramatically evokes the destitution and shocking violence of a turbulent era, when colorfully named criminals like Dandy John Dolan, Bill the Butcher, and Hell-Cat Maggie lurked in the shadows, and infamous gangs like the Plug Uglies, the Dead Rabbits, and the Bowery Boys ruled the streets. A rogues gallery of prostitutes, pimps, poisoners, pickpockets, murderers, and thieves, The Gangs of New York is a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a city's dark past.
  

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Review: The Gangs of New York (The Gangs of New York #1)

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

I'll admit it: I saw the movie before I even heard about the book, and the picked up the book at a sale on a whim. But this is not the movie--as much as I loved it, this is better. Clocking in at ... Read full review

Review: The Gangs of New York (The Gangs of New York #1)

User Review  - Tracey - Goodreads

VERY DETAILED look at the underworld of NYC from the 1850's to the 1920's, with a focus mainly on the Five Points & Bowery area. The political corruption of the Tammany Hall era contributed greatly to ... Read full review

Contents

FIVE P0IIITs IN 1829
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IN THE OLD BREWERY
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GREAT EAST SIDE NEW YORKScenes to be Met With in a Walk Along
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CIvIL WAR DRAFT RIoT SACKING A Dam STORE IN SECOND Ava ca 1863
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Saconn AvIxLI5 ARMORY
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A BANK BLRcLARs OUTFIT
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The King of the Bank Robbers
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DANDY JOHNNY DOIAN SuRPRIsED BY MR NOE
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Kingdoms of the Gangs
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The Prince of Gangsters
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FLAG or TRIicE 0 THE ON LEONG TONG HOusE IN MOII STREET
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About the author (1928)

Herbert Asbury, an early 20th-century journalist, made a name for himself by documenting the gangs, pimps, prostitutes, and thieves that thrived in the underbellies of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans. His works, still in print after sevety-five years, are often hailed as the best snapshots of their time period. The Gangs of New York was the basis of Martin Scorcese's 2003 film.

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