The Man and the Era


In this brilliant history of Prohibition and its most notorious gangster, acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen takes us to the gritty streets of Chicago where Al Capone forged his sinister empire.

Bergreen shows the seedy and glamorous sides of the age, the rise of Prohibition, the illicit liquor trade, the battlefield that was Chicago. Delving beyond the Capone mythology. Bergreen finds a paradox: a coldblooded killer, thief, pimp, and racketeer who was also a devoted son and father; a self-styled Robin Hood who rose to the top of organized crime. Capone is a masterful portrait of an extraordinary time and of the one man who reigned supreme over it all, Al Capone.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 704 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684824475 | 
  • August 1996
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Laurence Bergreen
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Laurence Bergreen

Laurence Bergreen is the author of two previous biographies, James Agee and As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin. He lives in New York City.