Mr. Capone

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Harper Collins, Jun 23, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 504 pages
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    All I ever did was to sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was to supply a demand that was pretty popular.

    Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell the loudest about me. Some of the leading judges use the stuff.

    When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on silver trays on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality.

-- Al Capone

 

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MR. CAPONE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Scholarly yet lively account of the legendary Prohibition- era gangster. Schoenberg (Geneen, 1984) chronicles Alphonsus Capone's Brooklyn origins; provides a microscopically detailed record of the ... Read full review

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Although Mr. Capone was definitely a gangster and had control over illlegal activities in Chicagohe also could be very kind to the less fortunate around him that had no connection to him especially ... Read full review

Contents

I
7
II
9
III
17
IV
30
V
37
VI
54
VII
67
VIII
77
XXI
207
XXII
216
XXIII
230
XXIV
241
XXV
251
XXVII
261
XXVIII
274
XXX
287

IX
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X
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XIV
128
XV
137
XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXXI
303
XXXII
313
XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXV
348
XXXVI
356
XXXVII
366
XXXVIII
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XXXIX
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XL
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Page 15 - All I ever did was to sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was to supply a demand that was pretty popular. Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell the loudest about me. Some of the leading judges use the stuff.
Page 287 - Prohibition is an awful flop, We like it. It can't stop what it's meant to stop. We like it. It's filled our land with vice and crime, It's left a trail of graft and slime, It don't prohibit worth a dime, Nevertheless we're for it.
Page 154 - I wasn't out to get them. Why, I used to lend Doherty money. Bighearted Al, I was, just helping out a friend. I wasn't in the beer racket and didn't care where they sold. Just a few days before that shooting my brother Ralph and Doherty and the
Page 149 - Why should I? I liked the kid. Only the day before he was up to my place and when he went home I gave him a bottle of Scotch for his old man.
Page 176 - Yes, it's bootleg while it's on the trucks, but when your host at the club, in the locker room, or on the Gold Coast hands it to you on a silver tray, it's hospitality.
Page 154 - There were friends of mine with me. If we had wanted to kill him we could have done it then and nobody would have known. But we didn't want to. We never wanted to.
Page 237 - I have a wife and an eleven-year-old boy I idolize, and a beautiful home at Palm Island, Florida. If I could go there and forget it all I would be the happiest man in the world. I want peace and I'm willing to live and let live. I'm tired of gang murders and gang shootings.
Page 176 - Once we put virtue, honor, truth, and the law on a pedestal. Our children were brought up to respect things." But now, "look what a mess we've made of
Page 15 - When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on silver trays on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality. —AL CAPONE
Page 154 - but I'll tell what I know about this case. All I ask is a chance to prove that I had nothing to do with the killing of my friend

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Robert J. Shoenberg, a former advertising executive, is the author or two other books, including Geneen, a much-praised biography of ITT founder Harold Green.

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