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Gangsters of Harlem: The Gritty Underworld of New York City's Most Famous Neighborhood | [Ron Chepesiuk]

Gangsters of Harlem: The Gritty Underworld of New York City's Most Famous Neighborhood

Author Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the little known history of organized crime in Harlem.

African American organized crime has had as significant an impact on its constituent community as Italian, Jewish, and Irish organized crime has had on theirs. Gangsters are every bit as colorful, intriguing, and powerful as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, and have a fascinating history in gambling, prostitution, and drug dealing. In the late 1800s, Harlem became a highly fashionable neighborhood.

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Author Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the little known history of organized crime in Harlem.

African American organized crime has had as significant an impact on its constituent community as Italian, Jewish, and Irish organized crime has had on theirs. Gangsters are every bit as colorful, intriguing, and powerful as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, and have a fascinating history in gambling, prostitution, and drug dealing. In the late 1800s, Harlem became a highly fashionable neighborhood.

©2010 Ron Chepesiuk (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Jefferson Swampscott, MA, United States 03-04-13
    Jefferson Swampscott, MA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dullsville. Very abreviate stories and no real conection to the characters is formed. The narrator mispronounces words. No sense of neigborhood culture emerges.


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    Meyer Rosenbloom Mamaroneck, NY, United States 10-18-13
    Meyer Rosenbloom Mamaroneck, NY, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "weak --reader is terrible!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    total waste of time and credit


    What was most disappointing about Ron Chepesiuk’s story?

    the writing was mediocre at best but the narration was really poor -- the reader couldnt pronounce some of the most basic historical crime names

    was embarrassing to hear -- The narration clearly wasn't edited


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    big time


    Could you see Gangsters of Harlem being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    many better options

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-28-12
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "True Crime Fans Will Eat This Up"

    I fell in love with the mobsters in Gangsters of Harlem just as many people have with the characters in The Wire or The Sopranos.

    Despite their shady business, it was easy—disturbingly so—to become invested in these mobsters. One detail that's going to stick with me for a long time is Chepesiuk's description of the "Murder Stables," owned by Ignazio Lupo of the Morello Gang, where hundreds of his rivals were tortured and murdered in the early 1900s.

    In a Wire-esque finale, Chepesiuk looks at the involvement of the NYPD with organized crime. If your cup of tea includes a dash of lethal bathtub gin, this is your hot toddy.

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