Meticulously combining previously scattered accounts with abundant fresh research, AFTER CAPONE provides a comprehensive and arousing portrait of underworld boss Frank Nitti and his gang''s far-reaching power emanating from Chicago in the 1930s. The last word on the life of the cunning mob boss, his life experiences, the people around him, and organized crime in Chicago after Al Capone, this in-depth analysis, based on many years of research and supported by original sources from state and federal archives, is the definitive reference on Nitti''s violent life and times.
AFTER CAPONE traces Nitti (born Francesco Raffele Nitto—his name was misspelled on early bond and arrest warrants, and the press always seemed to pen him as "Frank Nitti") from his Italian origins and entry and rise in Chicago''s underworld mob to his near-fatal shooting by city detectives, his strange death, and the ultimate downfall of those associated with him. In addition to dispelling popular notions as that Nitti followed Capone to Chicago and was Scarface''s cousin, author Mars Eghigian provides an all-encompassing view of Nitti''s criminal activities, which stretched farther beyond Chicago than those of any other organized crime family until that time.
Following Capone''s incarceration and his eventual release from prison on income tax charges, Nitti was the driving force that expanded the Chicago mob''s operations. Moving away from the illegal booze that was the gang''s mainstay during Prohibition, he led the mob into the legitimate distribution of alcohol after repeal, labor union racketeering, and attempts to control illicit gambling from coast to coast.
AFTER CAPONE is the first book to present the complete, never-before-told story of one of America''s leading crime kingpins. A fascinating and chilling account of mob power, it stands as proof that sometimes fact is indeed stranger than fiction.
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