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The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago's Jewish Gangsters

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The Kosher Capones tells the fascinating story of Chicago's Jewish gangsters from Prohibition into the 1980s. Author Joe Kraus traces these gangsters through the lives, criminal careers, and conflicts of Benjamin "Zuckie the Bookie" Zuckerman, last of the independent West Side Jewish bosses, and Lenny Patrick, eventual head of the Syndicate's "Jewish wing."

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Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Northern Illinois University Press
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Chandler
11.4.19

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11.5.19

Um.... for the intro see my reply to Joe’s comment, which is basically “Um, this book is like HAROLD BLOOM ON THE BRONX BOMBERS.” Which will make more sense if you read my reply.

So, in the interests of full disclosure, I am Goodreads friends with Joe and have exchanged a few messages with him. But, of course, who cares?

I decided to read the book because I have had a longtime interest in the Jewish mafia. At least I thought I did. I When I say “passion project
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L.D. Barnes
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Living on Chicago's west side most of my life, I knew from my childhood that Lawndale was once a Jewish neighborhood, but I didn't know about the men that ran things in its heyday. Joe Kraus gave me keys to some of the underground world that was around me while showing me that the anti-semetic feelings did work against these men who should have been discussed with all the other notorious Chicagoans.

This book may seem repeative, but because the events and stories are so interconnected the
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