The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago's Jewish Gangsters
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."
These two men...more
Review to come shortly.
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 ...more
This book may seem repeative, but because the events and stories are so interconnected the ...more