The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

By: Asbury, Herbert; Borges, Jorge Luis

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5th printing. A fine copy. 2001 Trade Paperback. xvi, 366 pp. The Gangs of New York has long been hand-passed among its cult readership. It is a tour through a now unrecognizable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence cobbled, as Luc Sante has written, “from legend, memory, police records, the self-aggrandizements of aging crooks, popular journalism, and solid historical research.” Asbury presents the definitive work on this subject, an illumination of the gangs of old New York that ultimately gave rise to the modern Mafia and its depiction in films like The Godfather. “A universal history of infamy [that] contains all the confusion and cruelty of the barbarian cosmologies....”—Jorge Luis Borges “The tale is one of blood, excitement and debauchery.”—The New York Times Book Review “The Gangs of New York is one of the essential works of the city....”—Luc Sante, The New York Review of Books.

Title: The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

Author: Asbury, Herbert; Borges, Jorge Luis

Categories: True Crime, New York, American,

Edition: 5th Printing

Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press: 2001

ISBN Number: 1560252758

ISBN Number 13: 9781560252757

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 2261017

Keywords: GANGS NEW YORK LOCAL REGIONAL TRUE CRIME HISTORY,