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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (317 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Eig Narrator: Dick Hil Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Jonathan Eig blows the lid off the Al Capone story. Based on never-before-seen government documents and newly discovered letters written by Al Capone himself, Get Capone presents America’s greatest gangster as you’ve never seen him before. In addition to IRS files, Eig obtained the personal papers of the United States attorney in Chicago who prosecuted Capone. He even found family members who would share stories about their notorious relative.

The author, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, brings his uncompromising standards for research and his superb knack for storytelling to one of the most thrilling stories in American history. This eye-opening biography reveals that Capone was the target of one of the most intense criminal investigations in American history—with orders coming directly from the White House. Capone flaunted his criminal success so openly that President Hoover insisted the gangster be stopped. And, despite his many misdeeds, Capone may have been the victim of a rigged trial.

Get Capone also offers a bold new theory to explain the Valentine’s Day Massacre and sheds new light on Capone’s connection—or lack thereof—to the crime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Panoramic yet sharply focused, Get Capone is as much a dark history of urban America between the world wars as it is another mobster’s life story.”

    New York Times

  • “Eig’s book excels for its scrupulous reporting and…fresh research that adds depth to the Capone story.”

    Chicago Sun Times

  • “I thought I knew the Capone story, but Eig’s riveting telling of this iconic American story is both fresh and utterly dazzling.”

    Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker and director of The Civil War

  • “Eig presents a multifaceted portrait of a shrewd man who built a criminal empire worth millions.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/8/2014

    " Wow! What a fabulous book! I didn't want to put it down. This book does a wonderful job describing the time period and the life of Al Capone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kay | 1/27/2014

    " Popular culture has done an injustice to George Johnson and Frank Wilson, the men who had more to do with arresting Al Capone than Eliot Ness ever did. This is a great book for Chicago-lovers, especially when you realize how many Windy City streets and sites you've frequented that were once tainted by Tommy Guns! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Seena | 1/17/2014

    " Enjoyed it learning more about Chicago. Wish I had known this when I lived there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by May Khaw | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't even get past the first CD. "

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