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Gangster City: The History of the New York Underworld 1900-1935 Hardcover – April 26, 2004
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I noticed two reviews who question the author's ability and I say to them, would these two reviewers please show me their published works that they have written?I didn't think so!!!I have read that Mr.Downey gives tours of gangland New York which shows his passion for the subject.
This book speaks for itself! It's a must for any New York gangland buff!
Mike Koch, Author of "The Kimes Gang."
The only thing that he seemingly missed was the Buster from Chicago thing. Many reputed organized crime experts have come to beleive that Buster never existed. Joe Valachi basically used the name Buster from Chicago so that he would not have to admit that he himself had murdered.
That aside, I highly endorse this books, if only for its myth shattering effect.
"Gangster City" is a riveting account of the underworld, starting with the mutually antagonistic Monk Eastman and Paul Kelly, and ending with gangsters not yet beyond living memory: Dutch Schultz, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, Owney Madden. Although Downey's vivid writing style pays tribute to Herbert Asbury, this book contradicts large sections of Asbury's book, and offers the evidence to back it up. It's a fresh, colorful look at a vintage subject, and as if that's not exciting enough, "Gangster City" has photos that I have not seen elsewhere.
A definite must-read.
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Patrick Downey's Gangster City is a fresh, alternative look at the WHOLE of New York's underworld in the early twentieth century. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by C. Alexander Hortis
This is an intimate look and the 'second tier' of gangsters in NYC in the first part of the last decade. Some of the men covered will be familiar--at least by name. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Brian Morgan
The book has a lot of good facts that take you all around NYC. Gives a short and sweet description of places and events.Published on November 29, 2011 by Robert NY
I was disappointed in this book because it focuses on stories of individual gangsters, but lacks a good compelling overall view. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Mary Blue
I read both" Gangster city and Bad Seeds In The Big Apple "by Patrick Downey. It was an era that I had an interest in. Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by Patricia Farrell
"Bang bang...you shot me down..bang bang..that awfull sound...bang bang.."
And so goes the old Sonny and Cher song of the early 60's. Read more
A very enjoyable book, and long overdue. Anyone interested in the evolution of the New York City underworld during the first part of the twentieth century will find it a pretty... Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by Michael A. Coluccio
Author Patrick Downey sifted through New York's municipal archives in an effort to make sense of the city's criminal history. Read morePublished on January 30, 2007 by Thomas Hunt