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Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster (2010)

by Jonathan Eig(Favorite Author)
3.77 of 5 Votes: 5
141658059X (ISBN13: 9781416580591)
Simon & Schuster
review 1: This reads like an almost good enough final draft. Eig or his editor should have been more judicious in their editing. A number of examples are repeated, word for word. In addition, there is no real story arc here. Eig tries to make the prosecutor Johnson some kind of central figure, and fails quite miserably. There are no new revelations here and no new way of writing about them. Eig appears to have read a few books and dropped in random tidbits from each for no apparent reason. Capone remains something of a mystery figure, and this is due, I think, to poor writing, not the man himself.
review 2: Capone not as bad as history has made him to be? Ness just some publicity whore who probably never even met Capone? The book is filled with various views of Ness's su
... morepposed accomplishments that really call into doubt how accurate the "Untouchables" story was. The author even questions whether Capone even knew who Ness was. Ness was always sure to bring along media on his busts, but his busts were not really that damaging to Capone's business, and ultimately, the tax evasion case that brought Capone down was orchestrated by someone in a totally different department than Ness, and it's doubtful Ness had anything to do with that. less
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Really interesting. Want to take the gangster tour in Chicago now. I learned a lot.
I thought the book was a great comment on Prohibition. I enjoyed it immensely.
Interesting, and educational.
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