KNOW MORE about Capone
The full story of Al Capone is in the book, MR. CAPONE. It captures all the excitement of his extraordinary life, but with well-researched facts instead of myths and legends (the numbers in parentheses after each one in Myths are the pages on which MR. CAPONE explodes that particular myth). As one reviewer put it, even where the book lays to rest favorite tall tales, the true accounts are usually even more fascinating.
The latest praise came in a New Tork Times review by James McManus of a new Capone book. It appeared on April 30, 2010.
Much of this tale is familiar from earlier books, with Robert J. Schoenberg's MR. CAPONE (1992) thought to be the cream of the crop.
If you are interested, click on any of these links to order the book (scroll down on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for 5-star reader reviews):
480 pp, including
93 pp of detailed source notes
32 pp of pictures
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For an overview of Chicago crime, starting with Big Jim Colosimo,
THE CHICAGO OUTFIT by John Binder. It includes 180 seldom-seen photos.
For a rich collection of (often exclusive) pictures, facts and photos of artifacts—the result of
a lifetime's unceasing and meticulous research into even the minutia of Capone
and those somehow connected to him—we recommend the Web site
of Mario Gomes: My Al Capone Museum
For often hitherto unknown details of Capone's boyhood (with neighborhood photos) and neighbor, and for fleshed-out details of some incidents in his early career, we recommend YOUNG AL CAPONE by Bill and John Balsamo, Bill having been a prime research source for MR. CAPONE.
A sampling of what critics say about MR. CAPONE:
The New York Times: fascinating if unsettling book
Chicago Tribune: readers of MR. CAPONE will simply revel in the old stories and savor any new tidbits.
Los Angeles Times: massive research rich descriptions of many of the apocalyptic events of the roaring Chicago 20s.
Chicago Sun-Times: [rescues] his reputation from the Hollywood mythmakers [the books] Al Capone is far more human, complex and worthy of attention than the one-dimensional myth.
The Detroit News: a masterful job of research the definitive biography of one of Americas most colorful gangsters.
The Washington Times: Written with style and verve fascinating.
Publishers Weekly: fast-paced, fact-filled, behind-the scenes account lively biography resonates with details of Capones dealings
Chicago magazine: the most thorough book on Capone yet published Attention to detail, along with a sense of the period and a delightful writing style makes MR. CAPONE a treat
Kirkus Reviews: Scholarly yet lively account likely to endure as a standard reference
Source note at end of Irish Whiskey, a novel by Andrew Greeley:
the atmosphere of the Prohibition era in Chicago is as authentic as I can make it. Of the many books about that time, the best I have read is MR. CAPONE by Robert J. Schoenberg.
Notes about article by Jack Kelly in American Heritage magazine, 4/96:
Jack Kelly, whose story on gangster-era Chicago features the notorious Al Capone, recommends Robert J. Schoenbergs MR. CAPONE as the finest of all Scarface biographies.
PHOTOS Top Row: mug shot at Terminal Island; the "Big Fellow"; giving "the Look"; the scars; late '20s; in car after release in '39.