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    DescriptionAl Capone is an American legend, "Scarface, " the mythic arch criminal and role model for scores of lesser crime bosses, right down to our own day. Now, in this fascinating, brilliantly readable, revisionist new biography, he also emerges as one of the most complex, influential, and perhaps misunderstood figures of the brawling, glamorous era that shaped and defined modern America. Laurence Bergreen's Capone is a far cry from the vulgar, mindless "Scarface" of countless movies. Without diminishing any of the violent glamour that made Capone a larger-than-life figure in his lifetime, Bergreen has meticulously stripped away the legend to show us the real man - more interesting and in many ways more sympathetic. The most notorious gangster ever, in a nation that worshiped famous criminals and still lived on the edge of frontier violence, Capone recalled a pinnacle of celebrity that made him at once a folk hero and the embodiment of evil and corruption. There is no doubt that Capone was the real thing - a cold, vicious killer; a thief; a pimp; a racketeer - ignoring the law and disdainful of its enforcers. At the same time he was a complex man who loved the limelight and managed to seize the public's attention with his flamboyance, his daring, his erratic moods, and the flagrant way he thumbed his nose at authority, as well as a devoted son, a loving father, a loyal (if unfaithful) husband, often generous to those in need, a defender of the downtrodden - and an unlikely hero to many in a generation of Americans who felt disenfranchised by a society they saw as corrupt and moribund. Bergreen brings to life this colorful, contradictory man, tracing Capone's background from his earliest days as a poor kid in a tough, dangerous Brooklyn neighborhood, through his early attempts to earn a legitimate living, on to his surrender to the call to join his former neighborhood pals in their game of rackets, theft, and murder. Capone's move to Chicago was followed by an almost me

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    The Man and the Era
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    By (author) Laurence Bergreen
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 704
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    ISBN 13: 9780684824475
    ISBN 10: 0684824477

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
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    DC21: 364.1092
    B&T General Subject: 170
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    LC classification: HV6248.C17
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
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    LC classification: HV6248.C17 B47 1996
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    05 August 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Laurence Bergreen is the author of two previous biographies, "James Agee" and "As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin." He lives in New York City.
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    Richard Gid Powers "The Washington Post Book World" Laurence Bergreen's beautifully crafted biography of Capone transcends the true-crime genre to become a masterful study of a major figure in American history....This is a great story with all the trimmings.