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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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One of the worst of the pirate bands was led by a woman named Sadie the Goat: Still, it is pretty absorbing, especially in the first half. If you want to get down and dirty, reading about the lives of men so despicable they were hung weekly in the courtyard of the city prison called Tombs, The Gangs of New York is the book for you. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Too many progressive hebrert gathering” instead of “gathered”past participles and passive-voice constructions.

We meet the real Hell-Cat Maggie who filed her teeth to points and wore brass claws into brawls and other unlikely gang leaders, including the entirely legendary Mose the Bowery Boy, who stood over 8 feet tall.

The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld – Herbert Asbury – Google Books

A fun book to peruse there is a handy index in the back or read all the way through. Written eighty-some-odd years ago, the writing holds up surprising well, though from time to time a bit purple and incorrect for modern tastes. Asbury writes in a direct and engaging manner. Vintage Books- History – pages. A mediocre book, which ultimately became a mediocre film.


The Gangs of New York

It includes a rogues’ gallery of prostitutespimpspoisoners, pickpocketsmurderers, and thieves. The Saint Bookstore Condition: Tan cloth with black lettering.

I would love to read a whole book of primary sourced social history of this period, but the anecdotes herein are a start. Only defect is ykrk water spot, top of the front cover. Apparently muggers and “gangsters” got a crack at anyone who wandered into their neighborhoods, and knew politicians would most likely bail them out. Please check this out it really is a great read.

The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury

Those respectable institutions couldn’t get it done without these guys! See 2 questions about The Gangs of New York…. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Original spine pasted on later brown library tape. Unfortunately the Draft Riots occur at roughly asbuy 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.

The Gangs Of New York

The per-acre human density was equivalent to districts in today’s Nairobi. Nov 22, Julie Mickens rated it liked it Shelves: I only picked it up to start my A-Z list going as the author is an ‘A’. This landfill became the region od as the Five Points.

At a time when a square mile of London’s east end, the neighborhood so wrenchingly portrayed in the novels of Charles Dickens, containedinhabitants, Now York’s fourth ward hebrert a population density ofper square mile in immigrant neighborhoods. Medium shelfwear, Interior herbdrt as a whistle. After Amsterdam buries Bill in the same cemetery as his father.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Prostitution, drug abuse, hyper violent nonsense, the whole nine yards. I was just so happy to see all of this great info on such a important part of history that is known about but not known in depth.

Praise “A distinct contribution to Americana. No trivia or quizzes yet. This is their story.

Jul 01, Pages. The nonfiction text from which the screenplay came. Very Good with no dust jacket Edition: He’d rather have the characters hork “Youse goys is gunna get it, see!

The streets, in yogk around the Five Points area, became so dangerous the brave Davey Crockett, known for assbury heroism out west, said the Five Points area of New York City was the most dangerous place he had ever visited in his entire life.

If you enjoy reading about true crime and vice etc then I highly recommend this entertaining read. Lists with This Book.

If I read more of his gang histories, I will probably give myself permission to skim more and skip sections.