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Bootleggers, The Hardcover – 1 Jul 1968

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; r.e. edition (July 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0090884701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0090884704
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,192,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In The Bootleggers, Kenneth Allsop examines the breakdown in law and order during the prohibition years in America, and looks at the rise to power of the ruthless C hicago gangsters that this era created. ' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book arrived in good order as described and represented excellent value. The only disappointment on a personal level was that some of the content that I recall being included in the original 1961 edition had been ommitted. but that was not the fault of the seller.
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Published in 1961 the Bootleggers tells the story of the Chicago gang scene during the Prohibition years, and particularly the manner in which Al Capone and his associates gained total power over America's 'second city'.
Although it is so well known, the story the book tells still manages to shock; not only by detailing the sheer ruthlesness with which the criminal gangs persued their internicine rivalries; but also, the way in which they achieved the utter corruption of every authority in the city.
The author, at the time he wrote the book, was a highly respected BBC TV journalist, best known as a presenter on the Tonight programme.
He tells the story in a racy and often humourous style; using material culled from contemporary US accounts and from interviews with those who had known the participants.
It had to be that way; as the participants themselves had in the main all been killed.
The only thing missing, given the book's title, is the mention of the name Joseph Kennedy. But in 1961, that was obviously a no go area!
I would recommend this book as an excellent account of a unique period, place, and group of people, who's activities are now regarded as the stuff of legend; but who were in fact simply the scum of the earth; and who by their activities brought a proud city to it's knees.
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I first read this book when I was 16 years old and "Bonnie and Clyde" mania was sweeping the nation. It helped me to understand the background behind many of the wanna be films that followed Bonnie and Clyde such as St. Valentines Day Massacre, Machine Gun Kelly and many others.

That was a long time ago now, and this book is still on my shelf - much dog eared. It is a wonderful, and at the same time terrifying, record of the events of Prohibition USA written by a consumate and erudite BBC reporter. Alsop does not mollie coddle the reader, but tells it how it was: the corruption, the power, the bloodshed and the futility of it all. Although English, Alsop was not only well travelled but also a US buff and his knowledge shows. The book also includes a photo section depicting the undignified end of some of these wiseguys.

Thoroughly recommended to anyone who wants to know about this period.
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