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Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero Audio Download – Unabridged

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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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Everything you ever wanted to know about Al Capone, Chicago Gangsters and the Crime fighting Elliott Ness are in this fantastic book and also at a fantastic price as well. Buy it and live through all the excitement of the mafia and all the plots that made Chicago a very dangerous place in the 1920s.
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The author has a very punchy style that made this an easy read. The story of Eloit Ness is split into three segments; the Untouchable era, his subsequent transfer to Cleveland and finally the decline which ironically began at the same time as the USA's entry into WW2 and superpower status.

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.
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Very well written and informative he wasnt the hero he was made out to be he had weaknesses and flaws like the rest of us
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