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The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury
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Dec 13, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: from-public-library

This is an interesting history of gangs in New York City from the mid 1800's to I believe somewhere around the early 1920's. Talks about the many street battles and colorful characters, some of which seem to border on being folklore. These guys were legitimate hand to hand tough guys, not like the later weasely mafia types that would have somebody else shoot you in the back. These guys would fight it out themselves in the streets, in fact some of the guys talked about in this book were among the top bare knuckle boxers of their day and are featured prominently in a history of bare knuckle boxing book that I have.

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