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Eliot Ness Ô 1 REVIEW

I may be the only person in the Western Hemisphere to not have seen the movie The Untouchables Even I m surprised that I haven t seen than a minute or two here and there This type of story is right up my alley why Well because it s a true story real history it takes place I m sure you know during the Depression and Prohibition in gangster riddled and control ChicagoIt was a great story These men were exceptionally hard working and dedicated What they accomplished was truly an amazing eat I m going to seek out books in this I had always wanted to know what it was really like during those times to see how the war was ought by those agents asigned to taking down Copone and his henchmen What is also interesting to learn about those times was how much money those special agents were paid by the government compared to how much money Copone and his men were making the difference is huge Great cop and robber book of its time and I can see why each Eliot and his team of men went on to do bigger and better things in their lives I was just 6 years old when The Untouchables series began running on television but I have vague memories of the noirish eel of the series and the expressionless determined ace of Robert Stack as Eliot Ness Kevin Costner s Ness never really took the place of that neo Human Hero Of The hero of the Dîwana Jan fifties and early sixties in atmospheric black and whiteMy impression of Ness s own story told in this book is close to that mythological Ness The bookeels like a novel than a modern autobiography I ve heard that Ness exaggerates his own role in the events he describes I don t know whether that s true or not But the narrative is smoother than real life Ness radiates a kind of all conuering goodness enhanced with clever tactics and the loyalty of an eually incorruptible team Good conuers evil because well good is just so goodWe can ault Ness or self aggrandizing myth making But setting that aside it s un reading Ness is a man on a mission He rejects the corrupt peace that the police and the criminals most notably of course Al Capone have reached The police orce the corrupt peace that the police and the criminals most notably of course Al Capone have reached The police orce prohibition agents are ruined by bad apples the atal course Al Capone have reached The police Naples! force prohibition agents are ruined by bad apples theatal weakness that allows Capone and others to rule Chicago in the twenties and thirties Ness devises a simple plan a small select suad with no bad apples a team whose greatest strength is its moral incorruptibiityAs the team goes to work busting breweries and distribution networks the bootleggers realize that this is a different game They can t buy victory they ll have to outfight and outmaneuver Ness s team But Ness s team is as determined to bust them as they are to make money and build power When the bootleggers adopt new tactics Ness and his team The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey figure out new ways to defeat them It really is a good story and the good guys winI do have to mention one odd departurerom the acts in the book Betty Andersen appears in the book as Ness s girlfriend and in the book s Epilogue Ness s co author Oscar Fraley notes that she later became his wife There is no mention of Edna Staley who was actually Ness s wife during the time covered by the book Ness and Betty An. The Untouchables is the gripping true story of the team of men who broke the back of the vicious Chicago crime mob and its stran. Bootleg beer How much is 15M in 1929 money I wasn t sure and had to look it up It turns out according to the inflation calculator that it s t sure and had to look it up It turns out according to the inflation calculator that it s the euivalent of 23M a year today This is so little that the irst time I saw it my mind added some zeroes it just didn t make sense that someone operating on this kind of paltry budget could control a major city paying off crooked cops and politicians and killing anyone he wanted with impunityBut apparently that was the case And to bring him down all that was necessary was or a dozen honest citizens to decide they weren t taking this shit any and call his bluff even if it did mean risking their lives or a couple of years One of them again assuming this account is correct was in act killed But the rest of them made it They smashed Capone s operation and put him behind bars or the rest of his lifeYou know that is kind of heartwarming These evil people who seem so powerful are actually much weaker than they d like us to believe I gave this book 5 stars even though it had a lot of language It was an incredible read I would have thought it was a iction action thriller if I didn t know better Absolutely amazing that this is all trueUPDATE still just as good the second time around Eliot Ness tells the story of how Justice inally caught up with Al Capone Much better than the movie Ness tells how he and his men really were untouchable by Capone or his gang Though not acknowledged by Ness it seemed clear that or whatever reason God s providential care was on this man 35 stars This highly sanitized and at times Fictionalized Account Of Ness account of Ness of The Untouchables was ghostwritten by journalist Oscar Fraley who informs us in the Epilogue that HE PUBLISHED THE BOOK AFTER NESS published the book after Ness while the manuscript was in proofs It reads like a 1950s detective police procedural the perfect source material No Strings Attached for the Robert Stack tv series It was pretty clearrom the opening pages that the book wasn t meant to be an objective look at Ness or his comrades but rather a work to praise and ultimately memorialize and mythologize his time in Chicago His personal Fancy Strut failings andoibles of which there were many are not even acknowledged much less glossed The book ends with the imprisonment of Capone so Ness patchy post Untouchables life is not discussed nor his eually rocky marriages The most Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka famous momentsrom the classic De Palma Unbreathed Memories film which is a much better work are not in the book the Union StationOdessa steps homage shoot out Nitti being thrown off the roof in the book he just goes to prison and the cheesy Let s do some good line In the case of theilm De Palma s ictionalized mythologizing ar exceeds that of the source materialWith all those many caveats this is still an enjoyable read much on the level of watching a tv series that captures your attention well enough to pass the time or a couple evenings Not necessarily worth tracking down unless you enjoy true crime reads although the level of truth here must be taken with a grain of salt and perhaps have already read better secondary sources A solid bedtimeairportwaiting room book or true crime readers. 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The UntouchablesDersen did marry but only after his divorce A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 from his second wife Evaline Ness in 1946 We can only suspect that this cleaned up version of his personal life is not the only cleaning up of theacts in The Story That Ness TellsThe Story Makes story that Ness tellsThe story makes reading if we accept that the truth may have suffered a bit or than a bit in the telling I was entertained than educated by The Untouchables which is hardly surprising when you consider that Ness was a publicity monger who recognized the value of a good story and enhanced the truth whenever it I Love My Dad felllat There are phone threats drive by shootings and murders galore despite the act that the son of one Untouchable Barney Cloonan told Ness biographer Paul Heimel that they were rarely shot at Although Ness and the Untouchables did not take down the Capone mob as claimed in the popular media they did damage the amous mobster s bootleg income inconveniencing him inancially Ness died just before The Untouchables hit print making it a haunting as well as intriguing read It s not an objective look at the dying years of Prohibition and the downfall of Al Capone but has novelty value as Ness s inal words on that exciting period in his career Jacob Wirth This book is about Eliot Ness when he final words on that exciting period in his career Jacob Wirth This book is about Eliot Ness when he just getting started into the Prohibition Bureau It started out with him and his Noni Speaks Up friend talking what to do about how to stop all the bootlegging and they came up with ideas Eliot Ness came up with a great idea and hisriend went to the chief and later on I m sorry I can t do that because the leader of this suad is going to have Handbags and Gladrags free hand and not even I am going to tell you whom you should choose Eliot Ness 22 This uote show theirst time they made the decision on who is going to be the leader of the team I think the Author did a great job with this book because he gave great detail into every plot that was going on in the book It make it easily to tell what was going on in the book at the time I learned how it was like to be an officer during the Prohibition era There was a ew parts in the book I didn t generally like because there wasn t much going on But all together this was a good book to read I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 because it had great detail and a good plot I would recommend this book to my other police cadets because they would like to know how crime was and how it was like to be an officer during the 1920 s It shows that gang violence is just has bad now as it was then it hasn t changed much Very interesting irst hand account of the bootlegging t changed much Very interesting irst hand account of the bootlegging in Chicago in the 20s and 30s Easy read read it in o I liked the 1987 Brian De Palma movie so when I saw this old paperback going or a Wish Upon a Wedding few dollars at our local second hand bookstore I couldn t resist It is inact terribly written and other people say it s not very accurate either apparently the ghostwriter has improved the story a good deal But assuming that the basic igures reported are roughly correct here s the thing that surprised meWe re told that Al Capone at his most powerful was pulling in about 15M a year rom his various rackets the most important of which was selling. Glehold on the nation told by the man who orchestrated the effort Enormously successful as a long running TV series The Untoucha. ,