The Gangs of New York

The Gangs of New York

An Informal History of the Underworld

Book - 2003
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2003, c1928
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781587244636
Branch Call Number: LP 364.1066 ASB
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 16, 2015

Well-known now thanks to Scorsese's movie, the book deserves to be rediscovered for its own merits and as a classic of underworld stories. Scorsese only borrowed a few elements (Bill the Butcher, the draft rtots) from this byzantine, bloody and sometimes comic collection of anecdotes, legends and tales of all manner of criminals, from con artists to killers to gang leaders. It has a pungent, disreputable energy and Asbury offers no social commentary or moral judgements. It also evokes a nearly vanished New York City, giving the seedy, violent stories a slight poignancy.

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