Young Al Capone

Young Al Capone

The Untold Story of Scarface in New York, 1899-1925

Book - 2011
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Many people are familiar with the story of Al Capone, the legendary Chicago gangster best known for orchestrating the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. But few are aware that Capone's remarkable story began in the Navy Yard section of Brooklyn, New York. Tutored by the likes of infamous mobsters Johnny Torrio and Frankie Yale, young Capone's disquieting demeanor, combined with the "technical advice" he learned from these shady teachers, contributed to the molding of a brutal criminal whose pseudonym, "Scarface," evoked fascination throughout the world.   

Despite the best efforts of previous biographers lacking true insider's access, details about Capone's early years have, until now, mostly been shrouded in mystery. With access gained through invaluable familial connections, the authors were able to open the previously sealed mouths of Capone's known living associates. Collecting information through these interviews and never-before-published documents, the life of young Al Capone at last came into focus.   

Among the many revelations in Young Al Capone are new details about the brutal Halloween Night murder of rival gangster "Wild Bill" Lovett, grisly details on how Capone and his Black Hand crew cleverly planned the shootout and barbaric hatchet slaying of White Hand boss Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, insight into the dramatic incident that forced Capone to leave New York, and much more. 

Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9781616080853
Characteristics: xvii, 270 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Balsamo, John

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Library_Dragon Apr 11, 2011

A fascinating look at the early life and times of Al Capone, from the creation of his first protection racket at the tender age of 11 (not kidding!) to his rise to the top of the Chicago Outfit. Lots of lovely period detail, plus hordes of litte anecdotes that make you wonder how the authors got thier information. Quick, fun read for anyone interested in the heydays of organized crime and Chicago history.

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