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The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

By Herbert Asbury

The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

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Started reading:
2009-09-10 21:24:00
Finished reading:
2009-09-17 16:48:20

Review

Rating: 6

I was reading about the early gangs of New York such as the Irish gang the Dead Rabbits (from the Gaelic Dead Ráibéad), the Bowery Boys, the Roach Guard, and other less colorfully named gangs like the Jewish gang known as the Eastman Gang. Rather than read about them piecemeal on Wikipedia, I thought I’d probably be better served by reading a longer narrative such as this. This is a reprint of the book originally written and published in 1928, so some of the terminology is dated and the information is occasionally inaccurate, but it’s a good look at the development of Manhattan and its less-than-savory past. Some parts repeat or cover the same events from a different viewpoint.

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