I live in Suburbs and visit my son often in Chicago. Feeling the vibes walking down some of those same streets and some buildings still existing (but very changed) gives you the feeling they're still there. The book was thrilling to read seeing the path he took in life - bullets flying - lives lost - and he makes it through to be brought down for TAXES.We also had the pleasure to visit Alcatraze Island and toured the prison - awesome walking tour - saw his cell - how he lived there for 15 years.The VD massacre still has questions unanswered ---- Loved the book for all the great history and each mans territory -their dress -corrupted cops butting heads/killed - and their crazy nicknames ! My husband and I recently went into Hillside-Mt.Carmel Cemetery and saw his family grave - beautiful and amazing he is right there.Google for directions very easy - then take his gang names with you and others great to see their names.
A very well-researched meticulous account of the life, career, and case-building that created the downfall of Al Capone, with many supporting characters (some with very short half-lives) and a great deal of period detail and some incredible trivia. Like if it hadn't been for Prohibition, the Lexington might have been sunk in 1942. (trust me on this one.)
Among other things, this is a guy you might want to have had a beer with, and the crooks are far more interesting than the good guys (only a few of whom were truly untouchable and competent). No wonder such glamor was associated with these guys.
Two other tidbits: President Hoover turns out not to have been as incompetent as we generally assume. And Boardwalk Empire fans will recognize quite a number of the real-life players in this dramatic retelling of the unintended consequences of our country's biggest self-inflicted Constitional error.