Read mobi í Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld · Paperback


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Read mobi í Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld · Paperback ê This classic history of crime tells how Chicago's underworld earned and kept its reputation Recounting the lives of such notorious denizens as the original Mickey Finn the mass murderer H H HUse Place and the Black Hole His description of Chicago's infamous red light district where the brothels boasted opulence unheard of before or since vividly captures the wicked splendor that was Chicago The Gangs of Chicago spans from the time Slab Town was settled to Prohibition days The story of Chicago's golden age of crime climaxes with a dramatic accou When I picked this one up I was itching for an interesting book highlighting the mobster and gangland scene of Chicago What I got was a comprehensive history of how the Chicago underworld progressed since Chicago made the transition from frontier town to a booming hub of the US This means there was a huge portion of the book devoted to less interesting IMOfacets of crime such as gambling pickpocketing and brothels Through the first 23 of this book I appreciated seeing the factors and circumstances that gave birth to an underworld that feasted on the rapid growth of Chicago However my mind was numb from the hundreds of names of seemingly meaningless criminals the author felt obligated to mention Once the book reached the turn of the century and the gangster era was looming I found myself much interested in the book The last third of the book flew by while reading about the likes of Johnny Torrio Al Capone Dion Obannion Bugs Moran etc However since the book was published in 1940 I feel a lot of the mobster history was incomplete; leaving me feeling unsatisfied It made me wish I would have just found a book focused on the gang wars epoch of Chicago The exhaustive examination of the Chicago underworld from the start gave a great background but a summarized lead up would have been preferred by me Either way I think I filled my brain with a lot of interesting knowledge but I think my time would have been enjoyably spent examining the period of my initial interest rather than adding a ton of reading for an ineuivalent amount of satisfaction

Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago UnderworldUse Place and the Black Hole His description of Chicago's infamous red light district where the brothels boasted opulence unheard of before or since vividly captures the wicked splendor that was Chicago The Gangs of Chicago spans from the time Slab Town was settled to Prohibition days The story of Chicago's golden age of crime climaxes with a dramatic accou When I picked this one up I was itching for an interesting book highlighting the mobster and gangland scene of Chicago What I got was a comprehensive history of how the Chicago underworld progressed since Chicago made the transition from frontier town to a booming hub of the US This means there was a huge portion of the book devoted to less interesting IMOfacets of crime such as gambling pickpocketing and brothels Through the first 23 of this book I appreciated seeing the factors and circumstances that gave birth to an underworld that feasted on the rapid growth of Chicago However my mind was numb from the hundreds of names of seemingly meaningless criminals the author felt obligated to mention Once the book reached the turn of the century and the gangster era was looming I found myself much interested in the book The last third of the book flew by while reading about the likes of Johnny Torrio Al Capone Dion Obannion Bugs Moran etc However since the book was published in 1940 I feel a lot of the mobster history was incomplete; leaving me feeling unsatisfied It made me wish I would have just found a book focused on the gang wars epoch of Chicago The exhaustive examination of the Chicago underworld from the start gave a great background but a summarized lead up would have been preferred by me Either way I think I filled my brain with a lot of interesting knowledge but I think my time would have been enjoyably spent examining the period of my initial interest rather than adding a ton of reading for an ineuivalent amount of satisfaction

pdf ð Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld ✓ Herbert Asbury

Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld ë This classic history of crime tells how Chicago's underworld earned and kept its reputation Recounting the lives of such notorious denizens as the original Mickey Finn the mass murderer H H Holmes and the three Car Barn Bandits Asbury reveals life as it was lived in the criminal districts of the Levee Hell's Half Acre the Bad Lands Little Cheyenne Custom Ho Great chronicle of Chicago from its growth out of the swamps through the 1920s Interesting depiction of the development of crime the inadeuate police force the political corruption and the reformers who fought to stop the sin that the city had become I lived in Chicago for a year and it is still the same city in a lot of ways; full of ploys vices and peril pdf ð Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld ✓ Herbert Asbury

Herbert Asbury ✓ Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld kindle

Herbert Asbury ✓ Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld kindle Nt of the careers of the biggest of the Big Shots Big Jim Colosimo Terrible Johnny Torrio and the elusive Al Capone Photographs and illustrations round out this telling of Chicago's early underworld Still the most detailed reliable and readable account of the nether side of Chicago's first century deserves reading and rereading Perry R Duis Chicago historia Chicago appears to have been one large brothel for most of the late 1800s with the occasional whorehouse and cat house thrown in you remember the Simpsons episode? and liberally peppered with bunko men conmen and strangely enough loads of Germans there was a “lager riot” when the town council tried to stop their boozing and sausage eating antics by force of law seems that it was OK to drink whisky and rum and eat steak though like a good Amerykan Anyway it’s a riveting read by the guy that wrote Gangs Of New York can you see a theme going through his writing? full of stabbings mass murder larcenydid I mention the brothels?