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"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? The city of Chicago acquired an image of a gangster on every corner blasting someone away with the gun that made the twenties roar. This was a reputation the city didn't want to project to tourists.
We also get to know the personalities of several of the decade's role players quite well. Jack "Greasy Thumb" Guzik, Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, Johnny Torrio, George "Bugs" Moran, and Crooked Mayor "Big Bill the Builder" Thompson to name a few. Use your imagination and you can see that, yes, Thompson DID resemble a pigeon. Cemetery connoisseurs may want to pay a visit to the Mount Carmel Cemetery located in the western Chicago suburb of Hillside where several of these gangsters, including Capone, are buried.
As an aside to the author who may want to make a few minor corrections in the paperback edition of the book: Page 101 (near the bottom the word "with" is repeated), page 213 (near the bottom the word "known" should be "know"), and page 286 the last paragraph (the first sentence the first "was" should be omitted). Finally on the top of page 168 one of the murder twins Albert Anselmi, is incorrectly referred to as "Robert." In no way do these errors detract from the book. I simply put them here in case he may want to make corrections in the paperback.
Author Jonathan Eig has written books on two of my favorite subjects, baseball and true crime. I have come to know that his books are of superior quality and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next. He is quite simply my favorite author.