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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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It’s impossible to know these gangsters, I suppose, and humanizing them might be an exercise in futility, but I really can’t imagine that the world is as film noir-y as Asbury might have us believe.

I was just so happy to see all of this great info on such a important part of history that is known about but not known in depth. List of identities in The Gangs of New York book.

I think I love this book so much because its yet another bit of evidence that humans have always be sublimely f’d up and perverse, and criers of declining morality and vices of the twentieth century have no idea what they’re talking about. Selected pages Title Page.

The Gangs of New York

Front is complete and bright if browning at the edges, ditto the back. As the years went by, gangs came and went in the Five Points area.

In particular, it’s a collection of mostly short anecdotes, in rough chronological order running from the mid nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. Instead he tells interesting, even shocking, stories of the gangs and their most infamous members. Being Irish, they all hated the Englishmen, but they robbed and pillaged from mostly their own. 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.


A map would have been nice, and a cast of characters even better. It also provides a lot of great rebuttals to bring up to people who say today’s society is less civilized than in times past.

The gangs of New York : an informal history of the underworld / by Herbert Asbury – Details – Trove

The coarse and bloated faces at the doors have counterparts at home and the whole world over. Gangs of New York. The basis of Martin Scorcese’s acclaimed film, The Gangs of New York is a dramatic and entertaining ssbury at a city’s dark past. Starting at about and ending when the book was written init chronicles the worst parts of town and its inhabitants; tough tough men women and children who did unspeakable things to survive.

This New York City —related article is a jork. Avon1st Thus. Fraying to spine-caps and light rubbing to corners. Find Rare Books Book Value. But other sections seemed to drag on forever. This book grabbed my eyes because just the title itself could tell stories. Why no Audio book? But old time “Gangsters” they were into Crime, Violence, Status, And some actually making it and being wealthy!!!!

It’s entirely possible in this case, likely We meet the real Hell-Cat Maggie who filed her teeth to points and wore brass claws into brawls and other unlikely gang leaders, including the entirely legendary Mose the Bowery Boy, who stood over 8 feet tall.


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I didn’t really find anything bad in this book to say about it. The per-acre human density was equivalent to districts in today’s Nairobi.

There are way too many great names to mention them all and I was underlining things I thought were interesting while I was reading this and I might uork well ashury underlined the whole book. She was bouncer and general factotum of the Hole-In-The-Wall, and stalked fiercely about the dive with a pistol stuck in her belt and a huge bludgeon strapped to her wrist. But old time “Gangsters” they were int I had seen the Movie when it came out in theaters and I was so so-so happy with it.

Aug 23, Ashley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 14, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: A brief excerpt from the book: Callaghan Books South Published: And lastly it was a great boo to learn about what happened in the 19th hebert New York City and how it was a horrible place to live.

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Each page was the same as the next just listing different crimes and violent acts. The Wars of the Tongs. Sep 18, Peter rated od really liked it.