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FREE READ ✓ Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld Á 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 BanThis 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. Not sure why all the previous reviews have higher ratings as this was a very poorly written book Where was the editor Parts of it read normally but other parts are determined to just jam paragraphs full of facts that become meaningless after a while It also tends to repeat itself and skip back and forth in a way that makes you want to just stop reading Funny how a book about such decadence can be so dull However my love for Chicago history prevailed and I did make it through It seemed like the ending chapters with Capone were written better I almost wonder if he had a ghost writer for parts of this However all in all this book needed serious editing and I don't think I'll ever read anything else he wrote

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Use 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. Very similar to The Gangs of New York a uick overview of almost at the time of publication 140 years of Chicago's infamy A good book to branch off of Karen Abbott's Sin in the Second City and Jonathan Carr's historical fiction Make Me a City give a little detail

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Gem of the Prairie An Informal History of the Chicago UnderworldNt 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. I picked this book up at a used book sale The original copyright is 1940 It was a wonderful read about the underworld of Chicago starting around 1850 up to the rise of Al Capone There are some amusing drawings and great old photographs I find it rather hard to believe the city survived all the murders corruption bombings gunfights prostitution well the list is endless I strongly suggest this book to anybody interested in the history of crime