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Informative, ordered, and a bit shocking,
This review is from: The Gangs Of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld (Paperback)
This book outlines in an ordered historical way, the history of gangs in New York. From the first settlers up until the early 20th century New York this book documents the sources of vice and violence that have plagued the city.
Written in a way that does not simply list facts, this book leads you through the extensive history of the city and its denizens. There are many people named along with their exploits, and the political chicanery that seemed to allow many of the gangs to persist.
This book was very hard to put down, once started !
I purchased this book in response to watching the film of the same name. This book clarifies many aspects of the film, and demonstrates many of the impossibilities that were built in to make a good film.
If you have watched the film, then you should certainly read this book !