Get Capone : The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-12
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Drawing on thousands of pages of recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone's handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation's most notorious criminal in rich new detail. From the moment he arrived in Chicago in 1920, Capone found himself in a world of limitless opportunity. He was an impetuous, affable young man of average intelligence, ill prepared for fame and fortune, whose most notable characteristic was his scarred left cheek. Yet within a few years, Capone controlled an illegal bootlegging business with annual revenue rivaling that of some of the nation's largest corporations. Along the way he corrupted the Chicago police force and local courts while becoming one of the world's first international celebrities. A furious President Herbert Hoover insisted that Capone be brought to justice because the criminal was making a mockery of federal law. Legend credits Eliot Ness and his "Untouchables" with apprehending Capone. But it was the U.S. attorney in Chicago and little-known agents working on direct orders from the White House who compromised their ethics - and risked their lives - to get their man. The most infamous crime attributed to Capone was the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, a crime that Capone insisted he didn't commit. Using newly discovered FBI records, Eig offers a surprising explanation for the murders. Get Capone explores every aspect of the man called "Scarface," paying particular attention to the myths that have for so long surrounded and obscured him. Capone emerges as a worldly, emotionally complex man, doomed as much by his ego as by his vicious criminality. This is the real Al Capone.

Author Biography

Jonathan Eig is the author of two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season. Mr. Eig lives in Chicago, half a mile from the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, with his family.

Table of Contents

Capone Rising
The Getting of Itp. 3
Good-bye, Diamond Jimp. 10
A Little House on South Prairiep. 18
˘I'm Sure It Was Capone÷p. 24
Funny Notionsp. 32
A Man of Destinyp. 38
Heat Wavep. 45
˘He Will Knock You Flat Just for Fun÷p. 50
The Peacemakerp. 57
Q Is for Quincyp. 66
Sorry About That, Hymiep. 73
A Smile and a Gunp. 81
The Grinderp. 85
The Better Elementp. 92
King Capone
˘There's Worse Fellows in the World than Me÷p. 101
Uneasy Lies the Headp. 115
Deepest in Dirtp. 126
Pineapples and Coconutsp. 130
The Graduation of Frankie Yalep. 143
Hooverizationp. 153
˘I Do Not Stay Up Late÷p. 160
The Enforcerp. 163
The Formidable Alphonsep. 173
Little Caesarp. 180
St. Valentine's Dayp. 187
Capone Falling
˘An Unsolved Crime÷p. 197
˘The Most Sore Necessity of Our Times÷p. 203
The Brightest Daysp. 211
˘Have You Got Capone Yet?÷p. 219
Locked Upp. 226
Elegant Messp. 234
The Napoleon of Chicagop. 247
The Big Fellow Chillsp. 254
Silent Partnerp. 260
˘Lady, Nobody's on the Legit÷p. 266
Public Enemy Number Onep. 278
˘There Is No Friendship Among Hoodlums÷p. 294
Contemptp. 303
Death and Taxesp. 311
United States Against AI Caponep. 320
The So-Called Untouchablesp. 336
˘Who Wouldn't Be Worried?÷p. 343
Big Spenderp. 353
The Verdictp. 360
Epiloguep. 369
Acknowledgmentsp. 399
Sourcesp. 403
Notesp. 407
Indexp. 451
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