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Mr. Capone Hardcover – August, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688089410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688089412
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"I guess it's all over," Al Capone told his lawyer after being sentenced to prison for tax evasion in October 1931. But, as Schoenberg ( Geneen ) diligently shows, the public has never gotten over its obsession with the legendary mobster. Schoenberg traces Capone's life from his Brooklyn boyhood (he was a notable delinquent) through his famous Chicago years to his release from prison in 1939 and his death from neurosyphilis. This fast-paced, fact-filled, behind-the-scenes account of a skilled and brutal gangster lays bare the realities behind the myths about a man still known throughout the world 45 years after his death. Schoenberg's lively biography resonates with details of Capone's dealings with other gangsters, the press, government agents and agencies. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Although his reign as Chicago mob boss only lasted from 1926 to 1931, Al Capone endures as America's most infamous gangster. Schoenberg, author of the biography Geneen ( LJ 1/85), presents a serious, well-researched portrait of Capone and his times. Capone was a product of the Prohibition era, and while one segment of society was horrified by the corruption and killings associated with him, another identified with his flouting of the blue laws. His celebrity was his downfall: "It was my own fault. Publicity--that's what got me." After a seven-year prison term for tax evasion, he died of syphilis in 1947. Readable and balanced, this is the most detailed biography of Capone to date. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/92.
- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rick "Mad Dog" Mattix on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Building and expanding upon the solid foundation previously laid by Pasley and Kobler and correcting old errors, and guided by the likes of top-notch Capone experts Mark Levell and Bill Balsamo, Schoenberg has crafted one of the best Capone biographies to date, far superior to Bergreen's ludicrous fluff. The author puts perhaps too much faith in the questionable testimony of "Born Again" hoodlum George Meyer but that is abbreviated and an almost a minor aside in this comprehensive, well-researched bio of America's all-time greatest gangster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on February 27, 2014
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I just bought the ebook version of this biography. It is so much in depth. You really get a feel for Al Capone's era. It's amazing. I will however say that the author got one fact incorrect. In this book, the author says that Al acted up in school and "played hooky", going so far as to drop out of school early. That is untrue. If you read Al's grand niece's book "Uncle Al Capone", it says that Al was the only child in the Capone family to have graduated High School. There is even a photo of Al and his father in "Uncle Al Capone" that was taken a little after Al's graduation with his father standing proudly next to him. So this book is enjoyable but some facts are purely wrong. But that's expected from an author who never knew Al personally. I will update this review when I have read further into the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Mittelsteadt on August 5, 2012
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I liked the book for the story and the characters who made up this real life mob movie, but I did not care for the writing style of the author. It seemed little too...... mob movie or noir for me. I love biographies and I love non-fiction, but I don't want it told as though its a History Channel special.

But if you're interested in the life of Al Capone and the development of the Chicago gangster world, I would recommend this book. Lots and lots of detail, more names than you'll ever remember, and seemingly well researched.

Now. I don't know what the book looks like, but the editing of the Kindle version was terrible. Its like the publisher put the hard copy pages through an OCR scanner, then transferred the text to Kindle format. I found errors nearly every page once you got to the halfway mark. Its like they did their job of editing the Kindle version, got about half way, and said "Ah screw it" and just stopped. Very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bbfan on October 3, 2013
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This tells much about many of those involved in the underword of Capone's era. Very well written. You get information about Capone's family and how they related to him. Also, that he was let out of prison to spend his last years in his mansion in Florida - never understood why - because he was sick? - He made many people more than sick - he killed them or had them killed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAC3187 on September 25, 2013
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Mr. Schoenberg definitely did his homework while writing this. It is a very descriptive account of life in Chicago and America during Capone's time. At times it got dry and was sometimes hard to keep all of the people separate. Overall though, this really puts a human side to the man who became infamous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on August 1, 2014
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The book keeps going back and forth which makes it difficult to keep up with it and is confusing for me.
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