Read Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition Online Free - Although much has been written about Al Capone, there has not been--until now--a complete history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition. This exhaustively researched book covers the entire period from 1920 to 1933. Author John J. Binder, a recognized authority on the history of organized crime in Chicago, discusses all the important bootlegging gangs in the city and the suburbs and also examines the other major rackets, such as prostitution, gambling, labor and business racketeering, and narcotics.
A major focus is how the Capone gang -- one of twelve major bootlegging mobs in Chicago at the start of Prohibition--gained a virtual monopoly over organized crime in northern Illinois and beyond. Binder also describes the fight by federal and local authorities, as well as citizens' groups, against organized crime. In the process, he refutes numerous myths and misconceptions related to the Capone gang, other criminal groups, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and gangland killings.
What emerges is a big picture of how Chicago's underworld evolved during this period. This broad perspective goes well beyond Capone and specific acts of violence and brings to light what was happening elsewhere in Chicagoland and after Capone went to jail.
Based on 25 years of research and using many previously unexplored sources, this fascinating account of a bloody and colorful era in Chicago history will become the definitive work on the subject.
|Title||:||Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
June 30, 2017
A big thanks to John Binder, Prometheus Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book.
Binder proves he is a king of the statistic with Beer Wars. Never have I seen such concise compilation on this era.
Nothing was left out. The daily lives of prostitutes, the running of alcohol, the intimid...
June 27, 2017
If you want to know to know something about the Chicago gangs during Prohibition, this is your book. The research is highly detailed and there are loads of pictures. On a personal note, I found out that Bugs Moran of St. Valentine's Day Massacre fame once shot up a bar in my hometown and then spe...
June 30, 2017
For starters, John Binder is the name in Chicago-area Prohibition-crime history. He’s been a friend, mentor, collaborator, and resource to me, but that hardly makes me unique. John has been a generous and insightful resource to everyone who’s found his way to him in the last quarter century. In f...
July 16, 2017
Loved this book--Mr. Binder obviously did a lot of research. While Capone is the central character he does give some much needed attention to the many other gangs of the era. It seems from the way most books on this subject tell it the only major gangs of the era were the South Side Capone gang a...
July 20, 2017
i enjoy reading about this era. i have a better understanding of how gangs got started and operated.
the ending of the book dealt with murder statistics which i got a little bored with.
June 01, 2017
wow , very interesting book , the author did lots of recherche, very detail.
i win this book , it provides the history of vice,very violent world in 1920 era .
good job Mr John J.Binder.
August 08, 2017
John Binder put together an interesting and precisely detailed book. From the first page, you can see how much time and effort John put into researching the events during the Prohibition. I have to say I did not know much about organized crime during that period other than knowing Al Capone's nam...
June 17, 2017
Very detailed book about the period but way too many statistics. I didn't need to know how many gangsters involved in a specific type of crime were murdered with a specific type of weapon at a certain period of time in a certain part of the city.
September 07, 2017
As a life long Chicagoan I found this vast compendium of local Thuggery to be fascinating. A masterful scholarly endeavor. Two Big Thumbs Up!
August 06, 2017
Greatly detailed book covering public enemy Capone as he spent time in Chicago during prohibition