The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury



Softback: 420 pages
Publisher: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2001
Language: English

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Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

by Herbert Asbury

Herbert Asbury pulled this book together from several official sources, including police records as well as unofficial ones such as the rough memories of criminals. True to the title, the book is a history of crime both organized and not that permeated the dirty underbelly of New York City and its boroughs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of these gangs were so vicious they would post signs warning police to stay out of their neighborhoods or else! Originally published in 1927, this volume is the basis of Martin Scorsese’s film of the same name starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio. Because of the film, the book was re-releases in 2001. This edition contains numerous illustrations and a foreword by Jorge Luis Borges.

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