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I found this book after someone discarded it and began reading it on a whim. In light of all that is happening in the country and the city right now, it's shocking and sad to see how little has changed. The book tells of a Chicago political structure, so immersed with the crime syndicate of the city as to be indistinguishable. Criminals run for (and win) political appointments, politicians turn into crooks, cops become criminals, criminals cozy up to cops, giving them free reign over the city.
Proof positive that some things never change. If you know anything at all about politics in Chicago, you'll be hooked from the first page. The relationship among the players is clearly shown. Demaris believed that "the tie between mobster and politican is closer inChicago than anywhere else in the world including Sicily". What was true in l969 is still true today. "Today it is nearly impossible to differentiate among the partners -- the businessman is a politician,the politician is a gangster, a ...more
Captive City is a interesting book to read now since it first was published in the mid 1960's. It was one of the first books written about the Chicago Mob and how it controlled the city and the politicians. The most interesting part is reading about the current status of the mobsters in the book (From the 60's) and now seeing what happened to them in the present day. The book talks about the Foster Ave. Police scandal in the late 50's. Pat Marcy and the control of the 1st ward. Plus future mob b ...more
This is one of the better books on the Chicago Mob. Demaris has a dry style of writing; but he uses some excellent sources. The appendix includes a who's who of the mob with law enforcement intelligence regarding their activities, associates, and haunts.