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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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Thunder’s Mouth Press, Books portal Crime portal New York City portal. Asbury presents us with a dizzying array of names of people real names, pseudonyms, and nicknames and places modern and historicalbarely pausing for breath, let alone meaningful distinction among them I lost count of the number of gangsters described as “huge”. Such is the case here. Shelfwear is very minor. Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the Bowery and the gangss Five Points district, The Gangs of New York dramatically evokes the destitution A small bookplate on the front pastedown and a neat owner’s name on the front fly, else a tight, fine copy, without the dustwrapper.

It’s just plain wordy! As a reward for their service, Tammany Hall and their other political patrons saw to it that they were able to practice their vice, theft and mayhem with little or no interference from the law.

Some came back not at all. She was an expert in the use of both weapons, and gahgs the celebrated Hell-Cat Maggie of the Five Points, was an extraordinary virtuoso in the art of mayham.


The Gangs Of New York by Asbury, Herbert

Tan cloth with black lettering. There are way too many great names to mention them all a This was a re-read. The chapter on the Chinese tongs was interesting, but its accuracy can’t be assured. Jul 01, Pages Buy. And when the movie ends, Amsterdam and Jenny leave New York to qsbury a new life. Red boards with Black decorative title on spine.

The Gangs Of New York

Retrieved from ” https: The Gangs of New York is, at the most basic, a rich, exciting, bloody and base tapestry, populated by some of the most appalling personages you can imagine. Previous owner’s inscription on front endpaper.

Feb 09, Dean Hamilton rated it it was amazing. The language this was written in is also fun with things neww like on page when speaking of Chuck Connors…”the final nail was driven into his cross. Things pick up a bit near then end of the book when the Tongs are introduced, but eventually the book just runs out of steam.

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Gambling houses were getting shut down so people were creating these very quiet places where people could gamble. Still worth the work in reading, though.

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It might’ve been better if Asbury simply decided between verisimilitude and complete fiction, instead of trying to walk the line and doing both approaches a disservice.

Those respectable institutions couldn’t get it done without these guys! Worn through at corners and at base of covers.


It’s basically just a list of all these crazy guys and what they were known for, but sprinkled in are some great stories about how crazy Manhattan was in the ‘s. Chiefly what I recall or those days is the smell of chalk and erasers, furtive whispers, a long line of students listlessly propping their heads up on their chins as they listened to the asbudy drone on about various Supreme Court decisions, Dred-Scott, Gettysburg, and other things they collectively saw as irrelevant to their lives.

The Gangs of New York Herbert. But old time “Gangsters” they were into Crime, Violence, Status, And some actually making it and being wealthy!!!! Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact.

Indeed, many of the characters in the film are taken directly if not exactly from the book. But it didn’t have a flow of narrative; it felt almost disconnected and therefore, I couldn’t concentrate on it.

Jul 01, Pages. The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury, written inis 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 ‘s. The Gangs of New York 2 books. There are ton of interesting tidbits, interspersed with gnags repetitive accounts of feuds and assassinations.

Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps Condition: The Gangs of New York has long been hand-passed among its cult readership.