The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
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 - Sean Chick - Goodreads
I enjoyed Asbury's book on New Orleans, in part because I am from there, but also he offered a wide purvey of criminal activities: dueling, piracy, prostitution, gambling, violence, etc. Here it is ... Read full review
Review: The Gangs of New York (The Gangs of New York #1)User Review - Idowhatshewants - Goodreads
not going to finish. too highly fictionized for me Read full review
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