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Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster Paperback – Bargain Price, April 12, 2011
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Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig "a master storyteller." Eig's books have been listed among the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated, and Slate.com.
Eig is a former senior writer for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children. For more information, go to wwww.jonathaneig.com.
Top Customer Reviews
"Get Capone" lays to rest the myth of Eliot Ness, whose role in convicting Al Capone has been greatly over-romanticized since the 1950s. Jonathan Eig rightly credits the quieter law enforcement figures who ended Capone's crime career. Eig is a scholar who recaptures Pres. Herbert Hoover's role in chasing Chicago's gangsters.
If you enjoyed Bryan Burrough's "Public Enemies," you will love this book.
For that matter, if you enjoyed "Luckiest Man" as much as my two sons and I did, "Get Capone" is another book for your permanent library. Jonathan Eig is a biographer on a par with Evan Thomas, Walter Isaacson, or Robert Caro.
Not only does every page of the book advance an incredibly compelling narrative, but it is also full of snappy language - alternatively poetic, hysterical, and profound -- that makes this book a literally delight but never distracts from its central story.
Here are just two of my favorite passages:
"The Great War was over. Men were back home, maybe a little shell-shocked, maybe a little bored, certainly thirsty."
"(Herbert Hoover's) father was a blacksmith, a pious man, with a hot dash of American ambition."
Eig is extraordinarily careful to separate provable fact from the massive tumult of myth and conjecture that still surrounds Capone's life, but he is nevertheless able to masterfully portray Capone as a complex figure who is alternatively ruthless, pathetic, funny, managerially brilliant, and tone-death to the real-life consequences of both his media pronouncements and his chosen profession. Decades before Tony Soprano ended up on Dr. Jennifer Melfi's couch, Eig gives us a multi-faceted portrayal of Capone's ever-fascinating psyche.
The main heroes of the book are the incorruptible U.S. Attorney George E. Q. Johnson and Frank Wilson of the U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue who built the case against Al Capone. Being unable to obtain a conviction for the numerous murders attributable to Capone they achieved a conviction on a lesser charge, that on income tax evasion. This is now done routinely in courtrooms today.
Unlike Capone's mentor, Johnny Torrio, Capone had a weakness of not maintaining a low profile. Does John Gotti come to mind?Read more ›
"I've got a mother who never misses mass unless she's too sick to get out of bed. I've a wife who loves me as dearly as any woman could love a man. They have feelings. They are hurt by what the newspapers say about me. And I can't tell you what it does to my twelve-year-old son when the other school children, cruel as they are, keep showing him newspaper stories that call me a killer or worse."
"I was willing to go to jail. I could have taken my stretch, come back to my wife and child, and lived my own life. But I'm being hounded by a public that won't give me a fair chance. They want a full show, all the courtroom trappings, the hue and cry, and all the rest. It's utterly impossible for a man of my age to have done all the things I'm charged with. I'm a spook, born of a million minds."
Author Jonathan Eig has done a very good job at researching and reporting some big errors in most of the previously written biographies on Al Capone and his era. I know my cousin Theresa is upset that another book has been written about her grandfather, but unlike Theresa I have read all of the previous books and I have also read Mr. Eigs'. Get Capone gives the reader an understanding of what life was like in the 20"s. It was a time of "kill or be killed". It is not easy for a family member to read such details.
Let's look at the facts. When my grandmother and grandfather immigrated to this country and settled in Brooklyn, the Italians were the low men on the totem pole. What chance did most of them have to be a lawyer or a doctor. The teachers in the schools complained about having them in their class calling them lazy and even claiming they smelled `greazy'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What I liked most about this book is how the author weaved in real dialogue from Capone and other people in the book into the narrative. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeremy: Book Savage
For those who don’t know it, I grew up in a part of Illinois that’s relatively close – just a bit downstate – from Chicago. (No, I won’t mention it by name. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Edward L Zimmerman
REAL TRUE STORY ABOUT HIS TRIAL. NOT LIKE ALL THE LIES OF ELLIOT NESS.Published 15 months ago by Bruno Marquez Brazao
Well written. I enjoyed the description of police and court tactics, which do not happen today. My in-laws' family had owned a bar and in prohibition became "criminals". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Unk Paul
Well researched, well written popular history. Author Eig portrays Capone the person, the human, not just the gangster or the myth. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Barbara
This is a great biography of one of history's best known mobsters. This book goes into great detail of the life, crime, and capture of Capone. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert A. Raymond