"Al Capone and His American Boys is more than just fascinating history—it's built on the human interest element of living a gangster's life." —mafialifeblog.com
"This is not another Capone book; he is but a tangential figure in this fascinating account.... For true crime and gangster story fans." —Library Journal
"Deemed too hot by its publisher in 1934, this incredible and revealing story sheds new light on major crimes, including the St. Valentine's Day Massacre—the defining moment that cemented Chicago's reputation as a city of criminal mayhem.... A candid look at the era of Capone, Frank Nitti, Georgette’s husband Gus, and a group of Public Enemies who continue to fascinate a new generation of readers." —Richard C. Lindberg, author of The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago's Democratic Machine
"Helmer delights history buffs once more with his research and inimitable style, bringing us the memoirs of a primo gangster's moll. Hers is a first-hand account of being married to one of Al Capone's travelling psycho-circus of killers called the 'American boys' who moved from St. Louis to Chicago to live the gritty gangland life of the Roaring Twenties." —Mario Gomes, www.myalcaponemuseum.com
"Al Capone and his American Boys is highly recommended for those interested in an insider's view of the major criminal events of the Gangster Era." —Informer
William J. Helmer is author (with G. Russell Girardin) of Dillinger: The Untold Story (IUP, 1994) and The Gun That Made the Twenties Roar as well as other books on the gangland era.
Of course this includes extreme amounts of drama, emotions and plenty of details!!!!
Unfamiliar to both Chicago police and gangland rivals, the St. Louisans proved to be a frightfully effective special assignment squad for Al Capone.
Confusingly, although it is Mrs. Winkeler's memoir, the byline on the book's cover is William J. Helmer.
Everyone thinks of Al Capone's partners in crime as being Italian or Sicilian. The books give a great account of the men that carried out the St. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Conitis
I enjoyed reading Al Capone and His American Boys because it was not about just Al Capone. It was realistic although there was a slight bias in favour of Gus Winekler but this... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JSJ
This is a most unique prohibition-era gangster book because it is told through the eyes of a woman. Of course this includes extreme amounts of drama, emotions and plenty of... Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Chriss Lyon