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The untold story from inside his family. Dramatic,
unyielding, and provocative, Uncle Al Capone by Deirdre
Marie Capone, Al Capone's grandniece, is a fascinating
memoir and engaging biography. This moving, highly readable
portrait of the Capone family and its mob trade examines
what it has meant to survive the storied legacy of the
family's forbearers. As Capone traces the arc of regret and
what fuels the Capone myth, she finds redemption and a way
to coexist with her legacy. In seventeen chapters with
titles like "The Making of the Mafioso," "Trading the
Chicago Outfit for the Chicago Cubs," and "The Saint
Valentine's Day Truth," Capone outlines organized crime in
Chicago and offers vignettes of American history during the
early and mid-twentieth century. Using years of research and
exhaustive interviews with her aunts, uncles, and cousins,
she weaves an engaging anecdotal narrative of what it meant
to be a Capone, what it meant to lose her father to suicide,
and what it meant to have a mother who lived in constant
fear. She offers compelling evidence that Al Capone was
specifically targeted for prosecution by law enforcement
agencies assisted by the media, which made gross
exaggerations of her uncle's exploits and fueled a
phenomenon of half-truths and utter falsehoods. From the
family's roots in Angri, Italy to the author's ongoing
investigations today, this debut offers a comprehensive and
moving portrait of an iconic American family and one woman's
efforts to make peace with the past.
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