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Whets the appetite for more,
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This review is from: The Gangs Of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld (Paperback)
A most thorough resume of the diverse criminal activity of lower Manhattan from the early 1800's until circa 1920. The author paints a fascinating but shocking picture of the utter filth, hardship and depravity that was the daily life of those unfortunate enough to have no other option but to live in this area.
Mr Asbury introduces us to many gruesome villains and Gangs with names such as The Plug Uglies and Dead Rabbits and to a wide range of murderous and heinous activities. A very interesting book best read in conjunction with a detailed street map of The Five Points area.
My interest has been aroused by the contents of this book and I intend to read other related matter and next time in New York visit the area.