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Al Capone and His American Boys: Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife Hardcover – July 7, 2011
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"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
"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
"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
"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
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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.
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Winkeler's widow, a shattered but nevertheless cogent and credible witness, wrote her rather dynamic manuscript after her husband's murder at the hands of the Nitti-run mob. Helmer, who in 2004 with Art Bilek wrote "The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre - The Untold Story of the Gangland Bloodbath That Brought Down Al Capone," (another must read) has completed the historical deconstruction of the denouement of the Chicago Outfit of the 1920's with this latest treatise. Along with Georgette's recollections, Helmer has basically tied up the post-massacre gangland years with a culminating addendum of all the relevant players who have become household names, including Capone, Frank Nitti, and the rest of the infamous crowd who made Chicago rumble. Of all of the journalists who have taken on this epic, Helmer has added to his forty-years of contributions with his best and most revealing efforts in this book, defining the profile of the true historian.Read more ›
Gus Winkeler's wife, Georgette, repeatedly emphasizes her frustrations with her husband and his gangland activities. Gus vows to terminate his illegalities telling her, "I will make it up to you, honey," but it never turns out that way.
I did find the book very attentive to detail to the extent that I felt it belabored the point. An example would be the various names and spelling of names used by an individual. However, in doing this I appreciate the fact that this was done to emphasize accuracy as much as possible. Even though many of the photos are small I appreciate having a face to connect with a description of a mobster's role in the story. Each of the chapters are short, and the book includes newspaper headlines from the times. If you are looking for a book on mobsters during the Capone era and how they met their demise this book will not disappoint you. I base my rating of four stars on how it held my interest, whereas for accuracy I feel it deserves five stars. To me, the book reads more like a textbook of gangland activities.
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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 on December 14, 2013 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 on February 24, 2013 by JSJ