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The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury
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Feb 22, 2010

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I'm not sure if I really like this book. It certainly provides a window on a unstable period of the great city when gangs ran rampant....and ran local politics as well. But it didn't have a flow of narrative; it felt almost disconnected and therefore, I couldn't concentrate on it. I put it down several times and would pick it up later but just couldn't stay with it for any length of time. However, there were sections of excellent detail and insight into the inner workings of the society and hierarchy of the gangs. But other sections seemed to drag on forever.
One thing is certain ..........it was better than the film!!!!
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Julie Mickens I had the same experience with this book ... pick it up, put it down, pick it up again. Some sections were utterly riveting, a mind-blowing window into lost worlds, especially the early chapters, as I recall. But a few other chapters were so tedious, which would seem surprising given the sensational subject matter -- like, how is this guy managing to make vice, murder and mayhem boring?

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