PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld

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The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld

review The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub As Luc Sante has written from legend memory police records the self aggrandizements of aging crooks popular journalism and solid historical research Asbury presents the. Just because this was for me doesn t mean it was for everyone I just love reading about the vice and crime that characterizes the history of New York especially in the time period discussed in this non fiction book Starting at about 1829 and ending when the book was written in 1928 it chronicles the worst parts of town and its inhabitants tough tough men women and children who did unspeakable things to survive They were sometimes colorful and sometimes pathetic and their way of life is just unimaginable to me At a time when a suare mile of London s east end the neighborhood so wrenchingly portrayed in the novels of Charles Dickens contained 175000 inhabitants Now York s fourth ward had a population density of 290000 per suare mile in immigrant neighborhoodsFun to see how mixed up the gangs were with the polititians and labor unions Those respectable institutions couldn t get it done without these guysI love how this was written so long ago that truthfulness seems no important than legend and folklore I love and am sad that many of the place names don t exist any It is written in a voice that itself reminds the reader of a very different system of political correctness A little tedious toward the end but by that time I was ready for stories about the mob

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review The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Definitive work on this subject an illumination of the gangs of old New York that ultimately gave rise to the modern Mafia and its depiction in films like The Godfather. Not a true history but rather a historical artifact A look at the 1830s 1900 through the eyes of the 1920s Dark fascinating appalling I wish we could get closer to these people of mid 19thC NYC than a 1920s based narrator It was another world one that was two or three generations remote than the Riis photos and DeNiro s Godfather as a young man I personally found the earliest chapters most interesting for how truly distant and unfamiliar those times the 1830s 50s were In that strange pre Civil War pre railroad world One UARTER of Manhattan s inhabitants had only RECENTLY been starving potato blighted subsistence peasants in southern and western Ireland yet were now savvy hardened urbanites how did these rustics become brutal city dwellers And the slums huge gangs ruled what had only a few years ago been cow pastures and a freshwater pond The rickety tenements above ground were mere markers like gravestones for a below ground network of warrens tunnels and catacombs where many actual corpses were buried The police force was so new and barely professional that two versions of it warred with each other in parallel with the gangs Shippers along the river wharves were subject to actual piracy from the city s own inhabitants The per acre human density was euivalent to districts in today s Nairobi It was the Wild West in a dense urban setting the Wild Wild East I would love to read a whole book of primary sourced social history of this period but the anecdotes herein are a start Jumping ahead to the Civil War years the most historically significant chapters concern the Draft Riots of 1863 The descriptor is a euphemism though the trouble did begin with objections to the Civil War draft that political motive was uickly overshadowed by unforgivably racist bloodlust as the mob turned to terrorizing and lynching African Americans However significant the events these chapters are unfortunately the most poorly written in the book look elsewhere for a historically rigorous and well written accountThe chapter on the Chinese tongs was interesting but its accuracy can t be assured Though some chapters are fluent enough the writing throughout the book is generally an inconsistent match for the drama of the subject matter For one thing the author indulges in 1920s style casual racism so be prepared for that For another at times it s tedious and I found myself skimming Oh brickbats again Somehow it s too anecdotal And then another thing and then another thing It s true that gangsters are not men of ideas nor their female associates Still I would have liked cohesion and insight about who these people really wereNevertheless there s enough rich and exotically shocking detail of sualor and degeneracy to make it an essential read Description of the horrifying poisonous Bowery intoxicants to say nothing of the murders is enough to induce shivers Even if the details are exaggerated and the telling uneven Gangs of New York still is a window to a world that fundamentally shaped New York City the Bowery hadn t changed much when the punks got there in the 1970s but is now mostly gone ETA Having another look I realized why the prose is tedious It s just plain wordy Too many progressive was gathering instead of gathered past participles and passive voice constructions Also too many prepositional phrases when a single word would do eg in the vicinity three words and six syllables instead of just nearby

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review The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub The Gangs of New York has long been hand passed among its cult readership It is a tour through a now unrecognizable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence cobbled. True Crime Commemoration 33Setting early nineteenth century Five Points NYC


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    free read The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld Herbert Asbury ¼ 9 free download So thoroughly does Herbert Asbury embellish his facts in The Gangs of New York An Informal History of the Underworld that things just end up becoming a muddled farce particularly near the end of the book where the names Blanky the Blank is the general setup for these and the stories have piled up beyond all recognitionIt sounds fun than it actually is a 1920s journalist recounting New York's heady violent day

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    PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld download õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¼ Herbert Asbury Herbert Asbury ¼ 9 free download Like its sister book Gangs of Chicago Gangs of New York is an anecdotal history of the New York underworld in the 19th century from its nascence in the 1820's and 30's up until the the end of Tammany Hall and the

  3. says: Herbert Asbury ¼ 9 free download PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld

    PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld True Crime Commemoration # 33Setting early nineteenth century Five Points NYC

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    free read The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld download õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¼ Herbert Asbury Just because this was for me doesn't mean it was for everyone I just love reading about the vice and crime that characterizes the history of New York especially in the time period discussed in this non fiction book Starting at about 1

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    PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld This was a re read This was written in 1927 It may or may not be filled with exaggeration Old New York was a rough place filled with all kind of criminal types This is their story The story of people like Albert Hicks and

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    PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld DNF 50%I just couldn't continue with this book You'd think for a book about the history of gangs in NY it would be really interesting but it was so dull and dragging and there were so many commas One moment you're in pre civil war next your in the late 1800s and you're to keep guessing which ear you're in until the author bothers to tell y

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    free read The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld This was a huge struggle to get through Each page was the same as the next just listing different crimes and violent acts It just bl

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    PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld download õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¼ Herbert Asbury free read The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury written in 1928 is a great read for those who love to read stories about crime and criminals that took place in New York City dating back to the early 1800's The book starts with the chapter entitled “The Cradle of the Gangs” which was the Five Points Area in 1829 Roughly the Five Points area was the territory bounded by Broadway Canal Street the Bowery and Park Row which was

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    free read The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld download õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¼ Herbert Asbury Not a true history but rather a historical artifact A look at the 1830s 1900 through the eyes of the 1920s Dark fascinating appalling I wish we could get closer to these people of mid 19thC NYC than a 1920s based narrator It was another world one that was two or three generations remote than the Riis photos and

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    PDF/EPUB The Gangs of New York an informal history of the underworld download õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¼ Herbert Asbury Herbert Asbury ¼ 9 free download I had seen the Movie when it came out in theaters and I was so so so happy with it It was a GREAT storyline Great Charact

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