Capone: A Photographic Portrait of America's Most Notorious Gangster

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A visual retelling of the rise and eventual fall of Chicago's most notorious gangster: Alphonse "Scarface" Capone. Comprised of many never-before-published photographs from the Chicago Tribune's vast archives, Al Capone is a look back in time to the Roaring Twenties and the early days of organized crime. This collection of historical photos—taken from 1926 to 1952—focus on Capone and those connected to him, including his family, mob rivals, and targets.

Many of these photographs have never been seen outside of Chicago's Tribune Tower, but all of them are high-quality scans of original glass-plate negatives, making them historically significant to both photography buffs and readers interested in Capone. The introduction by the Chicago Tribune's associate managing photo/video editor details this process in an illuminating, fascinating fashion.

Al Capone's first section gives readers a look inside Capone's luxurious and illicit gangster lifestyle—vacation homes, mob funerals, gun-toting arrests—up to the time of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929. The second part follows Capone's 1931 indictment, trial, and sentencing on charges of defrauding the government and violating prohibition. The third section introduces readers to a mob target who evaded assassination for decades, and one who was not so lucky. The fourth part follows up with Al Capone's brother, Ralph, and the fifth part focuses on Capone's death.
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Chicago Tribune Staff: The Chicago Tribune, founded in 1847, is the flagship newspaper of the Tribune Company. Its staff comprises dedicated, award-winning journalists who have authored many bestselling books.

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Publisher
Agate Digital
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Published on
Jul 17, 2012
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Pages
100
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ISBN
9781572844247
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws
Photography / Photojournalism
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Celebrity
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Historical
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