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Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family Paperback – October 27, 2010
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"A lot of people think Al Capone was a psychopath. A lot of people think Robert De
Niro captured the true nature of America's most notorious gangster. A lot of people are fools. Deirdre Marie Capone is not one of them.
Do yourself a favor: read it. When you're done, you can judge Al Capone for yourself."
Jonathan Eig, author of: Get Capone
"Congratulations! I loved the book. The other writers who have written about your
uncle know very little about him compared to you and your family members, but their
stuff is based on court papers, old police records and news clippings."
--Nick Pileggi, author of Wiseguys adapted into the movie Goodfellas, and the book/screenplay Casino.
Top Customer Reviews
There are personal revelations that were undoubtedly very difficult and sometimes painful to express and Ms. Capone should be commended on the honesty and openness with which she tells her story.
Anyone interested in the era, Chicago history, the Wisconsin Northwoods, and gaining incite into a unique and truly American family should welcome this very different read (and also be rewarded with some scrumptious recipies). As her kids told her, her story is a "cool" one.
She includes a lot of never-before-seen photos and Capone family recipes. When I have a chance I may try a few of them out.
Finally, for those who are seeking another formal history of Al Capone or the Chicago Outfit, this isn't it. It's a personal story of someone who grew up Capone. She didn't benefit from the family wealth, but on more than one occasion suffered because of the family name. But those seeking history shouldn't be disappointed with the additional historical details she provides, mostly courtesy of her grandfather. All together Deirdre's book kept me interested and I found it enjoyable. It's got my recommendation.
If you want a book that focuses solely on the public side of the Capones, look elsewhere. This unique book tells the story of multi-dimensional Capone family members as seen through the eyes of a child, and then a young woman. Nothing about the criminal side of the family is whitewashed. What is added are the images of an Italian immigrant family, happy in their home and devoted to each other. That's not to say there was no discord or that life was easy if your last name was Capone. In fact, it was a horrific burden to Deirdre's father, in particular.
The tone of the book is warmly inviting, as if the author is having a one-on-one talk about things that have happened in her sometimes surreal life. The small details such as Al Capone teaching Deirdre how to play the mandolin, her aunt's way of speaking through her teeth, the big names that talked about casual things...it all adds up to a very personal, honest, and fascinating portrait of a family who infamously became part of American history.
And while she doesn't make any apologies for Al and the "Outfit" and their activities; it does make you realize what it must have been like growing up and suffering only because you carried the name Capone. It was particularly sad the way her father's life ended so tragically young after just wanting to earn a legitimate living.
If you have heard all the stories, read all the books and seen all the movies, I think you, too, will enjoy seeing the other side of Al Capone and his family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once I started reading couldn't put this book down. Always been interested in the Capone storing living in northern Wisconsin and learned so much from this book that I feel I now... Read morePublished 1 month ago
This is a very interesting book about Al Capone and the life of his family. Now there is a book that finally tells the truth and secrets of the Capone's. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ERC4
Absolutely loved this book. A rare gem that gives an inside glimpse into the family of the most famous gangster in the world.Published 3 months ago by Old Soulo Mio
This is one amazing bio, almost completely opposite of the Al Capone we have all read about. Miss Capone's tender age at many of the events makes her memory remarkable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maureen Barnes
Found the book very engaging, real and interesting. Real family life from inside the unfairly (?) judged Capones. Of course there are two sides to every story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melanie Haskins
According to this book, uncle Al Capone was really not such a bad guy at all. You'll learn next to nothing new from reading this piece of sillinessPublished 10 months ago by John Mariani