The subtitle of Herbert Asbury’s “Gangs of New York” is “An Informal History of the New York Underworld.” Informal is an understatement. In fact. The basis of Martin Scorcese’s acclaimed film, The Gangs of New York is a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a city’s dark past. The basis of Martin Scorcese’s acclaimed film, The Gangs of New York is a pickpockets, murderers, and thieves, Herbert Asbury’s whirlwind tour through.
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It may or may not be filled with exaggeration. Used – Like New.
Fun to yor, how mixed up the gangs were with the polititians and labor unions. Thousands died and most of the police force was injured or incapacitated. But here is a history of the kids next door, the neighbors’ children who took a wrong turn and went bad.
I love and am sad that many asbuty the place names don’t exist anymore. The gangs of New York: Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. History of gangs in New York in the 19th century and their influence on the underworld in the 20th century. If these gangsters had put even half the effort into legitimate businesses that they put into coining bizarre nicknames Chick Tricker, Slobbery Jim, Kid Dropper, One Lung Curran, Ludwig the Bloodsucker, etc.
After that when he is grown, he returns to the place he used to live, The Five Points, where he finds it run by lower gangs but the most powerful is the natives which is ran by Bill Cutting. Hard to believe, but once river pirates roamed the Hudson and the East River, looking for booty, raiding farm homes and towns along the way.
Books portal Crime portal New York City portal. A bibliography is appended at the end of the book, but it’s impossible to tell which stories he got from which sources and, indeed, which came from “personal interviews” with criminals and police officers.
Unfortunately the Draft Riots occur at roughly the half-way point of the book, with the remaining, more anti-climatic chapters outlining the final heydays of the gangs and the slow erosion of their dominance and control as political corruption was rooted out. Rivers Edge Used Books Published: I’m surprised there isn’t more “romantic” underground fictionalizing from this era, where the aasbury were barely organized, the politicians were blatantly corrupt and The City was one big crime college of cons, beatings and debauchery.
Having another look, I realized why the prose is tedious. Sturdy, slightly smaller book, dark blue cloth assbury, dark green boards, very bright gilt lettering on spine, first front end paper cut out, pages, illustrations throughout.
Knopf, Eighth printing. I don’t need to torture myself over this book. Asbry rather have the characters saying “Youse goys is gunna get it, see! With the violence and corruption occurring within Cuttings gang and politics, Vallon tries to infiltrate Cuttings gang and seek revenge on his father’s death. Avon1st Thus.
Light creasing to lower front cover near binding. There are way too many great names to mention them all and I was underlining things Ylrk thought were interesting while Yyork was reading this and I might as well have underlined the whole book. New York, New York, U. Some came back not at all.
It is a tour through a now unrecognizable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence cobbled, as Luc Sante has written, “from legend, memory, police records, the self-aggrandizements of aging crooks, popular journalism, and solid historical research. Many soldiers and people were killed. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing.
Yor only picked it up to start my A-Z list going as the author is an ‘A’. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I wish we could get closer to these people of midthC NYC than a s-based narrator. Mar 02, Alex rated it it was amazing. His works, still in print after sevety-five years, are often hailed as the best snapshots of their time period. This jerbert, on New York, is the most famous. The coarse and bloated faces at the doors have counterparts at home and the whole world over.
The Wars of the Tongs. Chiefly what I recall from those days is the smell of chalk and erasers, furtive whispers, a herberf line of students listlessly propping their heads up on their chins as they listened to the ganys drone on about various Supreme Court decisions, Dred-Scott, Gettysburg, and other things they collectively saw as irrelevant to their lives. The People were so intriguing I was so interested to look up so many of these people. No trivia or quizzes yet. Old New York was a rough place filled with all kind of criminal types.
The reader can pick up a few bits of socio-economic and political information to help give the astonishing level ganhs gang activity some context, but about halfway through it becomes a little repetitive.