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Capone

A Photographic Portrait of America's Most Notorious Gangster

Capone by Chicago Tribune Staff
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Capone is 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Many of these photographs are previously unpublished, which gives Capone an enlightening new perspective. All the photos, high-quality scanes of original glass-plate negatives, are historically significant to both photography buffs and readers interested in Capone. The introduction by the Chicago Tribune's associate managing photo/video editor details the scanning process in an illuminating, fascinating fashion.

Capone's first section gives readers a look inside Al Capone's luxurious and illicit gangster lifestyle—including vacation homes, mob funerals, and gun-toting arrests—up to 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.

Agate Publishing; July 2012
100 pages; ISBN 9781572844247
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Title: Capone
Author: Chicago Tribune Staff
 
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