4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 1997
Bergreen's Capone lies, cheats, philanders, kills, violates almost all of the Ten Commandments, more vividly than in the movies and still attends to his family and friends with courtesy, respect and even sweetness. This story rings true and rich: more than the history of Prohibition era crime and politics; rather a penetrating portrait of the bemusing social creatures we are. The Capone blood family (to whom Al's loyalty reaches out, even to his lost G-man brother); his political manipulations of friends and accomplices (whom he measures and rewards with strategic precision); and his sense of himself in society (a role of leadership, respect and importance he believes he earned and carries proudly); all contribute to this multi-dimensional biography grounded in Americana, and burnished in fine scholarship. Basically, a great read: fun, captivating, complex and well grounded.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2012
The details are very well researched and you almost "step back in time", getting a true feel of the era. Some facts, eg, about Brooklyn gang leader Frankie Yale, are very intriguing. The whole book paints an interesting yet brutal picture. The photos are also good ones to be included.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 1998
This book seemed to be slapped together at the last second.The facts well there aren't many!Capone never took orders from anybody after Torrio was gone.He wasn't a cocaine fiend either and his sister Rose didn't die at birth!Author tries to sensationalize.Not many photos either.