- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Pocket Books (1987)
- ASIN: B000Z4245A
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,721,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Untouchables: The Real Story Mass Market Paperback – 1987
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The sale or consumption of alcohol was not really the problem. The Sicilian mafia landed on American shores sometime around 1899. One of their most notorious progeny was "Scarface" Al Capone with whom Elliot Ness did battle from 1929-1931. Elliot Ness had nearly finished this true story before he died of a heart attack at age 54 in 1957. This book is not a biography of Ness's life, just an account of the two and one half years during which time he and his ten or so hand-picked federal men finally succeeded in stopping Capone in his murderous tracks. The story is mostly about raid after countless raid of breweries by Ness's "untouchables" in the Chicago area during Prohibition and the Depression years. While millions of Americans were starving, shoeless and jobless, Capone and Co. were living the high life and living it as if they were above the law itself. Or so they thought...
Ness chose his men carefully like Gideon in Judges 7; they had to be beyond reproach, content to live on a $2800/year salary and strong enough to resist the temptation of Capone's thugs constantly flaunting thousand dollar bills and diamond-studded fat, fleshy fingers under their noses. Money is powerful in its effects, yet more powerful were those like Ness and co. who, under the law were content to live by it, and who with the law put a lot of rotten, murderous apples behind federal bars.Read more ›
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A must for the student / follower of any of several aspects of US history-- G-Men, gangster days, prohibition, etc.Published 4 months ago by Ned Christiansen
I loved the book. It is a great dramatized version of the history of the prohibition era. I had a lot of fun with this book.Published 6 months ago by C. Nubel
I orignally read this many years ago. While there are errors, as discussed in numerous forums, the history is generally accurate. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Farley X Wilbur
A must for any Capone followers and those who loved the television series.Published 10 months ago by Ken Schwendeman
I rate this book as 4 stars only because I have a deep personal interest in the specific subject matter, and because ROBSKY and journalist collaborator FRALEY do deliver an... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lin