Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness

The Rise and Fall of An American Hero

Book - 2014
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A wide-ranging portrait of the legendary leader of the Untouchables traces his years after his famous confrontation with Al Capone, documenting his efforts to end corruption in Cleveland and his achievements throughout the Torso Murderer case.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780670025886
0670025887
Characteristics: 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Feb 25, 2016

Sure enough - "Special" Government Agent, Eliot Ness (the guy who helped to bring down gangster, Al Capone) may have been one of the chosen elite (known as an "Untouchable"), but that certainly didn't mean that he was above brandishing a shotgun, or else kicking down a gangster's hideout door, once in a while.

If you are at all interested in reading a detailed account of the crime situation as it stood in the 1930's (in both Chicago and Cleveland), then this first-rate, "Eliot Ness" bio (written by Douglas Perry) certainly puts you right into the middle of all the gun-toting action during those delinquent years of yesterday.

I definitely give writer Douglas Perry a lot of well-deserved credit here for writing such a finely-detailed biography of Eliot Ness that vividly retells a memorable chapter of American crime-history.

Even though, to some, Eliot Ness may not quite live up to being a real American hero (in the strictest sense) - Yet - All the same, he was a man who knew how to enforce the law and, with that, I certainly recommend this book as a worthwhile read.

*Be sure to watch the video (which is an excerpt from an Eliot Ness biography).*

ChristchurchLib Apr 14, 2014

"Federal law enforcement agent Eliot Ness is best known for having defeated Chicago gangster Al Capone. Ness's fame led to a film and a television series called The Untouchables, which, though fictionalised, cemented his position in Jazz Age history. In Eliot Ness, biographer Douglas Perry corrects both the popular image of a heroic figure and the subsequent revisionist view that Ness's part in the Capone cleanup was minor. Readers who enjoy biography, early 20th-century history, or historical true crime shouldn't miss Perry's thoroughly researched, engaging book." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/43337901-34d1-4c84-b134-32954b837d7d?postId=71b729f6-9022-4878-baad-967f3a6f4063

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