The gangs of Chicago: an informal history of the Chicago underworld
'The Gangs of Chicago' is a vivid account of the wicked splendour that was Chicago from the top-selling author of 'The Gangs of New York'
PublishedLondon: Arrow, 2003
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Statement of responsibility: Herbert Asbury
ISBN: 0099464764, 9780099464761
Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-377) and index.
xxv, 377, xix p. : facsims., maps, ports. ; 20 cm.
Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 20th century.; Gangs Illinois Chicago History.
Herbert Asbury was born into a strictly Methodist family in Missouri in 1889. His pious background and his subsequent rejection of Methodism greatly influenced both his philosophy of life and his career as reporter and author. Indeed, many of his books deal with the darker, seamier side of American life. He died in 1963 of chronic lung problems, the legacy of a gas-attack in France during the first World War.