Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone by John KoblerAlphonse Capone may be the most celebrated, or infamous, mobster in American history. His story has been told in dozens of fictionalized and true-to-life movies, television shows, books and other media. Colosimo operated hundreds of brothels and gambling rackets, but he reportedly refused to go into bootlegging, which, with the enactment of Prohibition in , was a huge growth opportunity for organized crime groups. Colosimo was shot to death the same year Capone came to Chicago. His leadership was relatively short. In , Torrio was shot and injured by a rival gang, and then he was sentenced to nine months in prison for operating an illegal distillery.
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As the mother lode for an appar ently endless stream of sociological tracts, memoirs, biographies, maga zine pieces, novels, plays, movies and, more recently, television dra mas Al Capone is hard to match. Well, in the expert hands of John Kobler, the answer turns out to be yes. Kohler, a magazine writer of distinction, has compiled as complete a dossier on the life and times of Capone as is conceivable, short of being at his subject's side throughout his heyday in Chicago in the 's and early 's. It is either going to be the final line on the one figure in organized crime in America who indisputably became an international household word, or it is going to focus a whole new round of atten tion on him. In any case, the book is fascinating reading. Capone may not have been the most powerful underworld chief tain this country has ever seen.