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Al Capone Books
ULTIMATE IN CAPONE BOOKS
Many people ask "What Capone book should be the one I get to better understand Al Capone?" To me there are ONLY three Capone bios that are a must have, and three additional others that should compliment the collection! The major points being his rise and his downfall.
Excellent book on Capone by John Kobler. First indepth research into Al and the gangster players of that era. No internet back then, so lots of leg work! (1971)
The Bootleggers by Kenneth Allsop. (1961)
Amazing details into the Chicago beer wars and it's various gangs.
A must have and was the book that got me hooked!
Robert Schoenberg's Mr. Capone is top notch in my book. He revises Kobler's research and was guided by top historians in his work on Capone. Please note that no book will ever be without error. (1992).
Fred Pasley's bio on Al Capone. Al okayed the book and is not too incriminating towards Al. It's a must have in any library mainly because the book was written during that era when Al was still king. (1930)
To learn more about this first work on Al Capone click here!
The trial of Al Capone. (1933) Amazing self published book by Mr. Robert Ross that explains and gives us a first hand account of the happenings at Al's income tax trial.
Featured are the players on both sides of the famous tax case.
Frank Spiering's awesome work on the government's efforts to bring down Al Capone Featured is the unsung hero,Treasury agent Frank Wilson and his courageous efforts to get Capone behind bars, as ordered to him by President Hoover.
Forget the Johnny come latelys, Hoffman was one of the first in debunking the myth that Eliot Ness and the Untouchables nailed Al Capone. His excellent study reveals that a small group of Chicago businessmen that outsmarted Capone and saw a parallel for modern society in this movement against corruption and organized crime.
Hoffman reconstructs privately sponsored citizen initiatives directed at nailing Capone. These private ventures included prosecuting the gangsters responsible for election crimes during the Pineapple Primary; establishing a crime lab to assist in gang-busting; underwriting the costs of the investigation of the Jake Lingle murder; stigmatizing Capone; and protecting the star witnesses for the prosecution during the pretrial period of Capone’s income tax evasion case.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1993.
About the Author
Dennis F. Hoffman is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and once had personal files from the Capone prosecution that belonged to George E.Q. Johnson.
The rest of the Capone titles out there are pretty much books you can do without. Most have rehashed stuff with a few new photos, or one or two informatical tidbits, but not really worth the investment.
If you do insist on having other Capone related books in your collection, you should definitely seek out these books at a page I have here
The books pictured above are to be totally discarded!
They are biased and unfactual. These will only lead you to confusion as to what is the truth.