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The Bootleggers: The Story of Chicago's Prohibition Era

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No single law ever spawned greater violence than the law enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1920 banning the sale and manufacture of alcohol.

For the next thirteen years, when the disatrous folly of Prohibition was at last repealed, illegal drinks' rackets created an entirely new breed of ruthless criminal, men like Al Capone, Johnny Torio, Dion O'Banion and Big Jim Colosimo.
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published 1998 by True Crime Library (first published 1961)
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Steven Scaffardi
Jun 17, 2013 Steven Scaffardi rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crume, crime, mafia
Imagine wandering into your local with the boys on a Saturday night for that first drink of the day, only to be told that the sale and manufacturing of alcohol had been banned and deemed illegal to do so across the nation. You can almost hear the uproar from the daily Weatherspoon contingent of heavy drinkers, bemoaning the fact that they have nowhere else to spend their job seekers allowance!

I’m not too sure if that is a sad indictment of the fact we rely so heavily on alcohol as part of our so
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Walt
Jul 26, 2008 Walt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: organized-crime
This is a quick and thorough look at the Chicago gang wars of the 1920s. An excellent resource!
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