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The Great Illusion: An Informal History of Prohibition (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The Great Illusion: An Informal History of Prohibition (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R346 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R50 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sucker's Progress - An Informal History of Gambling in America from the Colonies to Canfield (Hardcover): Herbert Asbury Sucker's Progress - An Informal History of Gambling in America from the Colonies to Canfield (Hardcover)
Herbert Asbury
R1,318 Discovery Miles 13 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sucker's Progress - An Informal History of Gambling in America from the Colonies to Canfield (Paperback): Herbert Asbury Sucker's Progress - An Informal History of Gambling in America from the Colonies to Canfield (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R1,024 Discovery Miles 10 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Gangs of Chicago - An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The Gangs of Chicago - An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This classic history of crime tells how Chicago's underworld earned--and kept--its reputation. Recounting the lives of such notorious denizens as the original Mickey Finn, the mass murderer H. H. Holmes, and the three Car Barn Bandits, Asbury reveals life as it was lived in the criminal districts of the Levee, Hell's Half-Acre, the Bad Lands, Little Cheyenne, Custom House Place, and the Black Hole. His description of Chicago's infamous red light district--where the brothels boasted opulence unheard of before or since--vividly captures the wicked splendor that was Chicago. The Gangs of Chicago spans from the time "Slab Town" was settled to Prohibition days. The story of Chicago's golden age of crime climaxes with a dramatic account of the careers of the "biggest of the Big Shots": Big Jim Colosimo, Terrible Johnny Torrio, and the elusive Al Capone. Photographs and illustrations round out this telling of Chicago's early underworld. "Still the most detailed, reliable, and readable account of the nether side of Chicago's first century, deserves reading and rereading..."--Perry R. Duis, Chicago historian

The Barbary Coast - An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The Barbary Coast - An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R381 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R46 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The history of the Barbary Coast properly begins with the gold rush to California in 1849. If the precious yellow metal hadn't been discovered ...the development of San Francisco's underworld in all likelihood would have been indistinguishable from that of any other large American city. Instead, owing almost entirely to the influx of gold-seekers and the horde of gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians, and other felonious parasites who battened upon them, there arose a unique criminal district that for almost seventy years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but which at the same time possessed more glamour, than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent. The Barbary Coast is Herbert Asbury's classic chronicle of the birth of San Francisco--a violent explosion from which the infant city emerged full-grown and raging wild. From all over the world practitioners of every vice stampeded for the blood and money of the gold fields. Gambling dens ran all day including Sundays. From noon to noon houses of prostitution offered girls of every age and race. (In the 1850s, San Francisco was home to only one woman for every thirty men. It was not until 1910 that the sexes achieved anything close to parity in their populations.) This is the story of the banditry, opium bouts, tong wars, and corruption, from the eureka at Sutter's Mill until the last bagnio closed its doors seventy years later.

The Gangs of New York - An Informal History of the Underworld (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The Gangs of New York - An Informal History of the Underworld (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

First published in 1928, Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low-life of" "nineteenth-century New York has become an indispensible classic of urban history.
Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the Bowery and the notorious Five Points district, "The Gangs of New York" dramatically evokes the destitution and shocking violence of a turbulent era, when colorfully named criminals like Dandy John Dolan, Bill the Butcher, and Hell-Cat Maggie lurked in the shadows, and infamous gangs like the Plug Uglies, the Dead Rabbits, and the Bowery Boys ruled the streets. A rogues gallery of prostitutes, pimps, poisoners, pickpockets, murderers, and thieves, "The Gangs of New York" is a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a city's dark past.

The Gangs Of New York (Paperback, Film Tie-in Ed): Herbert Asbury The Gangs Of New York (Paperback, Film Tie-in Ed)
Herbert Asbury 2
R271 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R42 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Gangs of New York is a tour through a now unrecognisable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence cobbled 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.

Now a major film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Liam Neeson.

The Great Illusion - An Informal History of Prohibition (Hardcover): Herbert Asbury The Great Illusion - An Informal History of Prohibition (Hardcover)
Herbert Asbury
R1,894 Discovery Miles 18 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Gangs Of San Francisco (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The Gangs Of San Francisco (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury 2
R287 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R48 (17%) Out of stock

Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York and The Gangs of Chicago, turns his attention to chronicle the seedy underworld of San Francisco, from its gold-rush glories to its subterranean opium dens. Houses of ill repute play host to shanghaied sailors, and the Chinese tong wars rage around the city. San Francisco's historic past is here brought to life in all its scintillating and infamous glory.

The Gangs Of Chicago (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The Gangs Of Chicago (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R342 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R57 (17%) Out of stock

This classic history of crime tells how the Chicago underworld earned - and kept - its notorious reputation, from the time it was settled to the Prohibition days of the 1920s. Recounting the lives of such infamous early inhabitants as the original Mickey Finn and the mass murderer H. H. Holmes, it climaxes with the city's golden age of crime and a dramatic account of the careers of the biggest of the Big Shots - Big Jim Colosimo, Terrible Johnny Torrio, and the elusive Al Capone, revealing life as it was lived in the criminal districts and the infamous red light district where the brothels boasted opulence unheard of before or since. Rounded off with fascinating photographs and illustrations, this is one of the most detailed, reliable and readable accounts of the nether side of Chicago's first century.

Not at Night! (Paperback): Herbert Asbury Not at Night! (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Out of stock

This volume collects 24 creep tales from the early days of Weird Tales. Included are contributions by H.P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, Frank Belknap Long, and many others. Classic chills!

Not at Night! (Hardcover): Herbert Asbury Not at Night! (Hardcover)
Herbert Asbury
R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Out of stock

This volume collects 24 creep tales from the early days of Weird Tales. Included are contributions by H.P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, Frank Belknap Long, and many others. Classic chills!

The French Quarter (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The French Quarter (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury
R437 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R69 (16%) Out of stock

Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of "The Big Easy." From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary "filibusters" who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support--though without official governmental approval--undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph-filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld.

The Gangs Of New Orleans - An Informal History of the French Quarter Underworld (Paperback): Herbert Asbury The Gangs Of New Orleans - An Informal History of the French Quarter Underworld (Paperback)
Herbert Asbury 2
R295 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R48 (16%) Out of stock

Home to the notorious 'Blue Book', which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The Gangs of New Orleans, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles the immense underbelly of 'The Big Easy'. From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane 'Bricktop' Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary 'filibusters' who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support - though without official governmental approval - undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing journey through a unique history of the American underworld.

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