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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ID0T09Q
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Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero Audio Download – Unabridged
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The Chicago Prohibition history is well-known and surprisingly little was added that may be classed as 'new' research other than a realisation that both Ness and Capone were only in their mid twenties at the height of their conflict. Ness himself was a PR man's dream. He was good-looking, honest and phenomenally driven.
The repeal of the Volstead Act left Ness without a mission but he transferred to become 'safety officer' in Cleveland. This odd-sounding title required him to tackle police corruption, gambling and prostitution which he did with such vigour that he once famously worked 100 straight days without going home.
He aspired to a national role, indeed, he expected one but it comes as a surprise, with hindsight, that Ness was not a nationally known figure. A chunk of nepotism helped him to get a war-time role advising GI's on the dangers of VD, His post-war career was sad, downhill, laden with divorce and too much alcohol.
A fascinating story of a shooting star who burned brightly then burned out. He may have slipped into obscurity had it not been for the resurgence of interest in the Capone-era that began in the late 1950's and continues today.