Author: Deirdre Bair
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Many have heard of Al Capone, but never the whole story as told here!
Al Capone’s name is one of the most recognizable in history. Even more so than some of the United States presidents and movie stars. It is recognized in several countries several decades after he died. Why is that? Why do people remember the name? How does it get past on? Why do children still play cops and robbers with the ringleader being Capone? Deirdre Bair dives into Capone’s life to explore who Capone really was. From the early years to his teenage years and onto his height as a gangster in Chicago onto his demise in Alcatraz. She explains how he was raised and why his parents immigrated to America only to discover that it was not all rainbows and unicorns as they had hoped. If you are interested in the whole story, not just snippets, then you should pick up a copy of this book.
I probably fall into the category that most people fit in when it comes to Al Capone. I know the name, I know about some of his time in Chicago, and I know he was sent to Alcatraz. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have picked up a copy of this book had it not been for a 2:00 AM program on PBS about speakeasies in the 1920s that had a large segment dedicated to Al Capone (all thanks to have a six month old little boy at the time). But that program really sparked an interest into learning more about who Al Capone was. Then as if by fate, this book suddenly popped up in a possible too read offer. Needless to say it was easy to pick it up and read it. I really appreciate all the history and research that Bair brought to the table. There were several parts of the book that enlightened me, but also made me understand Capone’s personality more. This is the first book about Capone that I have read, so I can’t judge it against any others, but I can sure pick up another book that Bair has written.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.