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The True and Complete Story of Machine Gun Jack McGurn: Chief Bodyguard and Hit Man to Chicago's Most Infamous Crime Czar Al Capone and Mastermind of the St. Valentines Day Massacre Paperback – 8 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (8 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905237138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905237135
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.1 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,420,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set against the colourful backdrop of prohibition-era Chicago, this book tells the true life story of 'Machine Gun' Jack McGurn, the most flamboyant and prolific hit man, bodyguard and trusted confidant of the infamous 'Scarface' Al Capone. Full of romance, glamour, passion and murder, this complete account of one of gangland history's most fascinating characters lifts him from the realms of myth and legend, and reveals for the very first time, the truth behind the drama and decadence. Jack McGurn is a somewhat unremarkable boy, born into a Sicilian world of passion and retribution. His upbringing is steeped in the legends borne out of Sicily's turbulent past, whilst its ancient traditions and codes form the foundations of his very existence. So when, at the tender age of eighteen, he finds the body of his father, bullet ridden and disfigured by murderous Black Hand extortionists, the sleeping serpent of Sicilian vengeance awakes within him. Desperate for justice, he sets out on the road to vengeance, a journey which culminates in the brutal elimination of his father's killers.

His actions bring him to the attention of Al Capone, who wastes little time in taking the fledgling hit man under his criminal wing. McGurn soon displays an innate flair for murder, disposing of Capone's enemies with imagination and calculated precision, invoking both admiration and respect from the infamous crime czar. When McGurn personally saves the life of Capone during a sustained and fiercely audacious assassination attempt, Capone views him as the key to his iniquitous success. It is a factor not lost on Capone's cohorts and enemies alike and so, like a gathering storm, conspiratorial clouds appear on the horizon, brought together by the common goal to rid themselves of the troublesome McGurn. This potentially lethal situation is soon brought to a swift and uncompromising conclusion, resulting in the most infamous mass murder in gangland history: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre. However, rather than calming the waters of gangland, the massacre merely serves to heighten tensions still further. Forced to enter into a deadly battle of wills with both rival gangsters and law enforcement alike, the only question which remains is: Who has the strength to survive?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Fairweather on 15 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I havent actually read this book yet, but i think its worth pointing out after flicking through the pages that there are glaring errors on the facts regarding gangsters from that era.........for example . Frank Nitti did not commot suicide in the basement of his home (it is common knowlege among historians and police, it was near railway sidings and there were two witnesses to back this claim up!! and Jack mcgurn was not one of Dion obanian`s killers. (common knowlege amongst crime historians.
I will read the entire book and submit a full review.

further to the above review.
I didnt bother reading the entire book as there is so many un-truths and errors that it just spoils my enjoyment.
The biggest howler of all (and they`re numerous) is on the st valentines day massacre chapter...
Amanda wrote .."the two thompson machine guns used in the massacre fired 250 rounds and 220 respectfully".!!!
This is total nonsense - There were 70 empty 45 calibre shell casings found on the floor at the garage at 21/22 north clark st. and two empty shotgun casings. (Chicago police records) One of the tommy guns had a drum magazine holding 50 rounds and the other a clip type mag which held twenty. To actually fire that amount of rounds which amanda claims, would have meant repeatedly reloading the thompsons to kill the victims, ridiculous. Can i have a refund please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ironmountain on 13 July 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is factually incorrect on almost every page and written in the gushing style of the "sob sisters" who were so popular around the time of Machine Jack McGurn. I don't have the time to list all the errors but suffice to say that the the author cannot have carried out even the most basic of research to arrive at the conclusions she has. I don't slate others efforts lightly but for Amanda Parr to advertise this book as the "true" story of Machine Gun Jack McGurn has to be challenged.
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By J B GOLDIE on 6 May 2015
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i am 100% satisfied with this item.many thanks
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