A Brief History of Gangsters
by Brian Robb
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The American gangster novel of Prohibition also proved popular and the figureEven today, names like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano still resonate.Robb explores key figure stories, street gangs in the Old West, through Prohibition and the Great Depression, to the tastes of John Gotti and Frank Lucas in the 1970s and 1980sHe also evokes the gangster in popular culture, in the hit TV series such as Boardwalk EmpireAlthough the focus is heavily on the archetype of the American gangster, Robb also examines gangsters around the world, including the infamous Kray twins in London, the French baron Jacques Mesrine’s crime, the Sicilian Mafia, and the rise of the infamous Serbian and Albanian gangsInfamous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly, has made an appearance, just like the Colombian drug Pablo Escobar, while other sections present details of the Chinese Triads and Yakuza in JapanRobb also explores the gangster in popular culture, particularly in film and television.Recent hit TV series such as The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire and hit movies like Ennemis Publics and Gangster Squad show that the gangster is here to stay.
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