Gangs of New York An Informal History of the Underworld

ISBN-10: 0307388980
ISBN-13: 9780307388988
Edition: 2008
Authors: Herbert Asbury
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

First published in 1928, Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low-life ofnineteenth-century New York has become an indispensible classic of urban history. Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the Bowery and the notorious Five Points district,The Gangs of New Yorkdramatically evokes the destitution and shocking violence of a turbulent era, when colorfully named criminals like Dandy John Dolan, Bill the Butcher, and Hell-Cat Maggie lurked in the shadows, and infamous gangs like the Plug Uglies, the Dead Rabbits, and the Bowery Boys ruled the streets. A rogues gallery of prostitutes, pimps, poisoners, pickpockets, murderers, and thieves,The Gangs of New Yorkis a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a city's dark past.

Foreword
Introduction
The Cradle of the Gangs
Early Gangs of the Bowery and Five Points
Sin Along the Water Front
River Pirates
The Killing of Bill the Butcher
The Police and Dead Rabbit Riots
The Draft Riots
The Draft Riots (Continued)
When New York Was Really Wicked
The King of the Bank Robbers
The Whyos and Their Times
Kingdoms of the Gangs
The Prince of Gangsters
The Wars of the Tongs
The Last of the Gang Wars
The Passing of the Gangster
Slang of the Early Gangsters
Bibliography
Index

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