Capone The Man and the Era reader ½ Hardcover

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The bestselling author of James Agee and As Thousands Cheer The Life of Irving Berlin now prese • Man this book took me a long time to read That was my first reaction after finishing it but then I thought about the book itself I have to say that I’m really happy I took the time to read the whole thing Capone has been so idolized lionized crucified or canonized by so many different people it’s really difficult to have any idea who the real Capone is I believe that if any book or other type of media is going to get it right it’s this book Everyone says “Well what if the info in this book is untrue?” I guess that’s possible but the info that’s listed as fact in this book is only done so if it is backed up by obtainable records in various agencies that keep them Also the things listed as opinion or ‘eye witness’ accounts are listed as such They are not portrayed as fact Overall this book was a great experience and a fascinating window into the life and times of arguably the most famous man of his era

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Laurence Bergreen ¶ Capone: The Man and the Era book

Capone The Man and the Era reader ½ Hardcover Õ The bestselling author of James Agee and As Thousands Cheer The Life of Irving Berlin now presents a sweeping portrait of a notorious gangster the founding father of organized crime as we know it and of the turbulent times that created him and eventually destroyed him 16 pages of photosNts a sweeping portrait of a notorious gangster the founding father of organized crime as we kn Laurence Bergreen's expansive detailed and well researched study of Al Capone balances the many elements of the man ruthless gangster deemed Public Enemy Number 1 who coldly ordered the death of enemies fabled Robin Hood who gave lavish tips to young caddies and aspiring businessman who proudly rubbed elbows with Chicago's elite during Prohibition Here was a man who believed he deserved praise for opening soup kitchens and handing out diamond belt buckles to his friendsdespite the fact that he was able to finance this generosity by killing or intimidating anyone who got in his wayBergreen makes good use of Capone's older brother Vincenzo who has once abandoned the family to become celebrated Prohibition agent Richard Two Gun Hart before again accepting his family in middle age returning as the prodigal son after younger brother Al was released from prison For him the law was the law and he liked enforcing it notes Bergreen in the last chapter Arguably the most violent Capone Hart's story as a feared lawman is one of the many stranger than fiction elements of the Al Capone sagaBergreen also explores the effects of Capone's syphilis contracted early in life and exacerbated in its tertiary stage by the conditions of his eventual prison sentence in the '30s It is this final portion that surprisingly proves the most interesting; his gangland tales of the '20s read well but are better documented and detailed elsewhere Here Bergreen sharply draws the picture of a man tortured by his helplessly eroding mind and self delusions The Capone we remember was the creation of a disease that had magnified his personality Syphilis made Al Capone larger than lifeOne can't help but to see the parallels to Donald Trump who shares Capone's thin skinned narcissism and intense penchant for pathologically lying As one of Capone's cellmates noted Guided in other directions his imagination drive and fearlessness might have made him a heroic general captain of a fleet or a mighty business mogul He had a brilliant knack for organization which channeled in the proper direction would have made him a success in any business operation These might have been inspiring or at least thought provoking words for me a few years ago but after seeing what the similarly narcissistic pathological and thin skinned Trump has done in the proper direction it takes a lot than business acumen to be a great personIn fact hubris is proven to be the hamartia on all sides of the law with reckless self promoters like Al Capone Jake Lingle and Eliot Ness all falling from grace without the fairy tale ending that they hoped their brash bullet riddled headlines would get them It was the uiet shrewd ones focused g men like George E Johnson and Frank Wilson or even low key criminals like Ralph Capone Alvin Karpis and Johnny Torrio Bergreen accurately presents as the wiser and capable people in their respective professionsAll in all a great study that for better or worse humanizes a man often reduced to a caricature of the era summarized as Bergreen recounts Capone's ignominious death in 1947 as the best known least understood gangster of all Thanks to Bergreen we have greater understanding why Al Capone existed both the internal drive and the external forces that allowed him to become who he was