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

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Product Details

Price
$17.95  $16.69
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
Pages
400
Dimensions
5.22 X 7.98 X 0.81 inches | 0.81 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780307388988

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About the Author

Herbert Asbury, an early 20th-century journalist, made a name for himself by documenting the gangs, pimps, prostitutes, and thieves that thrived in the underbellies of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans. His works, still in print after seventy-five years, are often hailed as the best snapshots of their time period. The Gangs of New York was the basis of Martin Scorcese's 2003 film.

Reviews

"A distinct contribution to Americana. . . . The tale is one of blood, excitement, and debauchery."
--The New York Times

"One of the essential works of the city. . . . It owns a direct pipeline to the city's unconscious."
--Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

"A univeral history of infamy, the history of the gangs of New York contains all the confusion and cruelty of the barbarian cosmologies."
--Jorge Luis Borges

"One of the best American books of its kind. Mr. Asbury writes in a direct and engaging manner."
--Edmund Pearson, The Saturday Review of Literature