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Mr. Capone: The Real - and Complete - Story of Al Capone Paperback – September 30, 1993
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About the Author
Robert J. Shoenberg, a former advertising executive, is the author or two other books, including Geneen, a much-praised biography of ITT founder Harold Green.
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Illuminating anecdotes like this make Robert J. Schoenberg's "Mr. Capone," an exhaustively researched and finely detailed record of an unlikely icon in modern U.S. history, a welcome read. Most books on organized crime bounce around the extremes of "Godfather-like" mystical adoration, gloomy conspiratorial hype or shrill partisan muckraking. Schoenberg's account, rejecting these worn approaches, is a refreshing, fascinating chronicle of a powerful person who, in his own way, played a key role in the development and direction of 20th century urban America.
One of the first "leaders" to make effective use of the news media to influence public opinion, Brooklyn-born Capone and his brainchild--the turbulent, uniquely multiethnic Chicago "Outfit" (as the Mafia was termed there) reflected the radical changes the U.S. was undergoing in the postwar 1920s. Among these were its complex and contradictory ethics and morals, its violence and carefree hedonism, its strenuous attempt to assimilate and reconcile multiple ethnic groups newly arrived to these shores, a deep hunger for material "success" and social "respectability" as well as the swiftly emerging predominance of the now-familiar urban environment. All of it in the spirit of Capone's curious but favorite and oft-quoted phrase; "We don't want any trouble."
However, the "trouble" that "Scarface Al" seemingly so much wanted to avoid became his own epitaph and remains a hallmark of an era that still heavily influences our society to this day.Read more ›
Schoenberg's rendition of Capone's biography was not only an elaborate chronology of his life, but also included information about the changes taking place in the government, developments in technology such as automobiles and machinery, and also offered insight to the social dynamic of the United States during a time when immigrants were coming to America in great numbers. At times, it seemed as if the book was not a biography of Capone at all, but rather a vividly written textbook of the time period. It detailed all of Capone's criminal history dating back to his days as a member of the Forty Thieves gang (pg 27). The author told the story of Al Capone's life, and also gave enough information about famous historical events to make the connection to previous knowledge of American history quite effortless. On page 99, he wrote about Charles Trilling and his perspective of Capone, noting that he believed "that Capone could make good." This is just one of the many times that Schoenberg used other gangsters to show Capone through various perspectives. Considering the ninety-two pages of notes and six-page bibliography presented by the author, it's safe to say that Schoenberg's writing was both factual and well researched.Read more ›
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Like so many biographies I've read over the years, this one gets so bogged down in minute details that it leaves one boggled with all the names, relationships, titles, infractions,... Read morePublished 5 days ago by K. L. Hanson
Bought this book as a gift. I researched the author and my brother-in-law is enjoying the book very much. Arrived on time. ThanksPublished 14 months ago by Oma
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