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Guns and Roses: The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion, Chicago's Big Shot Before Al Capone Paperback – September 1, 2003
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About the Author
I've written three books that examine the lives and crimes of early American gangsters: "Guns and Roses- The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion, Chicago's Big Shot Before Al Capone", "The Man Who Got Away- the Bugs Moran Story". and most recently "The Starker", which is a bio of New York gang boss Big Jack Zelig, who lived hard, died young, and could have saved Lieutenant Charles Becker from the electric chair. I'm currently at work on two new projects: the first biography of infamous nativist gangster 'Butcher Bill' Poole (who inspired the Daniel Day-Lewis character in Scorsese's 'Gangs of New York' and a detailed study of veteran labor slugger / gangster boss 'Dopey' Benny Fein.
I've been consulted as an expert on America's criminal history by the History Channel, LucasFilm, and others. Please visit my official site at www.rosekeefe.com
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American History would not be the same without Dean O'Banion.
It was O'Banion's death that led to Johnny Torrio's retirement and Al Capone's rise in power. It was the vendetta carried on by O'Banion's friends that made Capone's reign so bloody. It was the escalating violence of that vendetta that led to the Valentine's Day Massacre which so disgusted the American public that prohibition was repealed.
The author explores all the complexity of character that makes Dean O'Banion one of the most unique characters in American History. If you're interested in prohibition era crime, this book offers an important perspective you won't find elsewhere.
Very readable, and while some of the books that have come out recently require a fairly indepth knowledge base, this one stands on its own.
Complements "The Outfit" and numerous good Capone books very well, as Capone was a South Sider, we Nort Seit residents have always been thirsty for more info about the Roaring Twenties north of Madison Ave., and this hit the spot -
I just started her Bugs Moran biography and am similarly impressed so far.