Before Al Capone became known as one of America's most feared gangsters, he was just another thug on the streets of Brooklyn. Using a host of new primary documents and interviews with family relations, John and WIlliam Balsamo are able to share the never-before-told true story of Al Capone's early years in New York City. Daniel May's performance of this biography adds excitment to an already intriguing chapter from the bloody and real annals of gangster history.
The first biography of Capone to focus on his youth in Brooklyn and the events that shaped him into one of history’s most notorious criminals.
Many people are familiar with the story of Al Capone, the legendary Chicago gangster best known for orchestrating the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. But few are aware that Capone’s remarkable story began in the Navy Yard section of Brooklyn, New York. Tutored by the likes of infamous mobsters Johnny Torrio and Frankie Yale, young Capone’s disquieting demeanor, combined with the “technical advice” he learned from these shady teachers, contributed to the molding of a brutal criminal whose pseudonym, “Scarface”, evoked fascination throughout the world.
Despite the best efforts of previous biographers lacking true insider’s access, details about Capone’s early years have, until now, mostly been shrouded in mystery. With access gained through invaluable familial connections, the authors were able to open the previously sealed mouths of Capone’s known living associates. Collecting information through these interviews and never-before-published documents, the life of young Al Capone at last came into focus.
Among the many revelations in Young Al Capone are new details about the brutal Halloween Night murder of rival gangster 'Wild Bill' Lovett, grisly details on how Capone and his Black Hand crew cleverly planned the shootout and barbaric hatchet slaying of White Hand boss Richard 'Peg Leg' Lonergan, insight into the dramatic incident that forced Capone to leave New York, and much more.
©2012 William Balsamo and John Balsamo (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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I get what authors were trying to to here - create a "prequel" to what is widely known about gangster Al Capone, by making up a fictional account of the first 25 years of Capone's life by setting up reasons for Capone's sociopathic behavior later when he took over the Chicago mob. The problem is that the Balsamo's don't have the least sense of what "literary license" means. They just made up things which belie credibility. How are we to believe that a seasoned Mafia leader like Johnny Torrio quaked in the presence of a 15 year-old Capone who was just an errand boy at the time? The episodes of Capone's crude sexual behaviors are more of what is expected of an adolescent - not the lead-in to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre! That's like writing a story about Ted Bundy as a 10 year old killing animals, masterbating, setting fires, and wetting the bed! Who cares? It's just a back-story to the really gory stuff! This could have been a good effort if more time had been spent in research so that the Balsamo's would not found the need to make up things that just don't make sense. Not worth the price of admission! 👎
I have read quite a variety of books regarding Mob history. I was interested in listening to this one as it specifically stated it would be taking you through the life of Capone, PRIOR to "when he made it big".
The history was entertaining and engaging. The narrator was what made the book for me. He did an excellent job of narrating. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
The history of early New York
It was dramatic but rang true.
Excellent good tone and a touch of accent
"And so, on to Alcatraz"
I am Australian but have visited Alcatraz many times, my work took me to Chicago so would like to read any novel of his later life in the Windy City
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