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The Wicked City: Chicago From Kenna To Capone

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The Wicked City is an account of Chicago's vice, crime, capitalism, and corruption from Pierre the Mole, who sold whiskey to the Indians, through Jonny Torrio and Al Capone, who bootlegged a Great Lake's worth of booze during the Roaring Twenties. Chicago's drive for wealth and power in this fifty-year span are evoked through the spirited accounts of the careers of its lea ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published March 22nd 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published March 21st 1994)
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Smokkee Singleton
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Who would thought that good ole Chicago was so corrupted in it's early years? (Please detect my sarcasm). It was very interesting reading about Chicago's various power players from the late 1800's / early 1900's like Charles Yerkes, Roger Touhy, Alphonse Capone, Johnny Torrio, Bathhouse John, the Terrible Gennas, Marshall Field, Potter Palmer, etc. Best non-fiction book I've read all year. OK, the only non fiction book I've read all year but I got another Chicago based non fiction book on my pla ...more
James Howald
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
There aren't a lot of new stories in this book, but they are told in a more interesting style than in many of the Chicago history books I read. The chapters are fairly short and while there is a through line that focuses on the formation of what was to become The Outfit, they also intermix it with a number of other stories from that period. I particularly found the interludes on Red Grange and Louise Armstrong great reads.

I thought the majority of this book was a very good read. I only had two p
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