Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family

Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family[Read] ➵ Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family By Deirdre Marie Capone – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A stunning memoir by the last living Capone Deirdre Marie Capone offers the portrait of an American family and her favorite Uncle endlessly depicted as the iconic mastermind behind some of the century A stunning memoir by the last living Capone - ePUB ´ Capone Deirdre Marie Capone offers the portrait of an American family and her favorite Uncle endlessly depicted as the iconic mastermind behind some of the century s most brutal killings Filled with never before published family photos of Al Capone and surprising revelations about the man behind the notorious legend this book tells the untold story from within the family Learn the truth about the St Valentine's Day Massacre Learn about Al Capone's role in the only successful escape from Alcatraz Uncle Al Epub / Even get the family recipes for Al Capone's favorite meals But most importantly learn about what family life was like for the Capones and what it was like growing up in Chicago with the most notorious of last names. Interesting insider memories of Al Capone It's the only biography written by a member of his family who had met him The author is Al's great niece Although the author sometimes talks about how she needed and got information to conclude something very positive about Al when others have understood events differently I got the feeling throughout the book that she's pulling for him way too hard The author also sometimes ignored indisputable available evidence when it conflicted with her portrayal of Al as of a beleaguered misunderstood guy than anything else Although she points out he wasn't perfect which I've never heard anyone argue against For example she tells how high level federal penitentiary officials sent Uncle Al to Alcatraz without any good reason They were just trying to make his life as miserable as possible However I recall seeing a photo in Alcatraz A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years that showed huge furniture in Al's cell at Atlanta US Penitentiary The Atlanta prison officials had basically pampered Al and allowed him to continue running his gang business from his cell The feds sent Al to Alcatraz so he'd be treated exactly like every other inmate there The book seems filled with the author's personal memories of Al The author includes a tremendous amount of details Al died when the author was only seven years old Perhaps she has a phenomenal memory; it's way too much for me to readily believe A different type of example of author's total inattention to accuracy She referred to a family member who didn't have to go fight in World War I in which she said 100 million US soldiers died The total population of the US in the census just four years previous to WWI was less than 100 million people About 117000 US soldiers died in that war So based on the author's number1 For every US soldier who died in World War I the author reported about 855 dead US soldiers2 Every man woman and child in the US was killed in World War I And that still did not account for all the deaths she reported Overall I enjoyed some of the personal stories about Al but didn't find the author credible enough to suit me Ah the roaring 20's A time of drink jazz and endless rebellion No mere prohibition amendment could deprive folks of their pleasures At the head of this rebellion was none other than the notorious gangsterbusinessman Al Capone Deidre Capone the author and great niece of public enemy number 1 does well to humanize the demonized character known as Scarface without deifying him However throughout the book you can’t help but cogitate how bias her account may be She is after all a Capone Nevertheless we must be cognizant of the fact that there is no man either good or bad Circumstance plays a major role in paving our paths And so the story unravels The law of prohibition the banning of liuor was ignored by the majority of the citizenry Was it wrong for one to capitalize on this demand for liuor? As a businessman Capone makes a compelling case as to who is to blame the buyer or the seller? This book does well to shed light on the uestion was Al Capone the villain the media has painted him to be or simply an Italian businessman chasing the American Dream or as many now call it the Horatio Alger myth The author then goes on to recount losing her friends jobs and other opportunities once people learned she was related to infamous gang leader Al Capone Nonetheless she lived to tell her tale and her circumstance shaped her into the woman she is today I believe that this book was an outlet for her to present her truth to the world It’s a story about perseverance rebellion forgiveness and kinship This memoir is a must read because it brings a fresh perspective to the other Al Capone biographies and clears up many misconceptions made by biographers journalist and the media If you want to learn some revealing truths about the man the myth read Uncle Capone Normally this is not a book I would even think of picking up to read for leisure Having been a history major I was forced to read one too many snooze worthy historical accounts about days and people of the past Don't get me wrong I loved majoring in history but it takes a gifted writer to make history come alive and keep a reader engrossed in the story Dierdre Capone has that ability I still cannot believe that while I was visiting Alcatraz on my trip to San Francisco last October Dierdre Marie Capone was there signing copies of her book I will admit I got completely starstruck and knew I just had to buy her book and speak to her I mean how often does one get a chance to meet Al Capone's great niece? Dierdre was a very warm and humble person and I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to speak to her I am ashamed to admit that life got busy and I just got around to reading her story especially since it's such an eye opening one I don't know if I have ever been so taken by a historical account Dierdre presents a side to Al Capone that most no scratch that NONE of us have never known It is sad that history has vilified this man and this family so much We have all taken at face value the lies and horrors we have been taught growing up but Dierdre reminds us that there are two sides to every story and provides us with a side of Al Capone that the world has never seen the kind and caring Al Capone The Al Capone that was a son and a father and an uncle Thank you so much for sharing your story Dierdre I can only imagine how difficult and painful it was for you to relive the loss and heartache as you strung together the history of your family This was so awful This book clearly did not have an editor The writing was bad it was like stream of consciousness that was never looked over again there were tons of typos and it was not even engaging I was not convinced at all by the authors inside info and stunning revelations and mostly it felt like a great idea of a book that fell horribly horribly flat Fantastic book So maFantastic book I completely enjoyed it So many stories that none of us would expect to read about the great Al Capone Thank you for telling us the human side of him Well even so I decided I don't like biographies I made it a couple of chapters Just not interested I am giving this book a low rating because it makes incredible claims based on flimsy source material The success claim of the Roe and Cole escape is based on a letter from an inmateand that's it? I'm willing to consider an alternative view of the St Valentine's Day Massacre but some of the other claims especially the Alcatraz parts seem too far fetched When a family member makes these claims we scrutinize them harshly because of the bias but there doesn't seem to be any great source material That doesn't mean they are not true but it's not enough for me to discount other evidence about his life Went to listen to Deidre Capone speak bought the book and it was a pleasure She doesn't make excuses for him but rather tells the side nobody witnessed not the cigar smoking characters that people come to know but a family man who would do whatever he could to excel Right or wrong Fascinating I loved hearing the other side of the story I picked this book up on a trip to Alcatraz My husband’s Italian family comes from the south side of Chicago so I also really enjoyed the similar family experiences I’ve heard about from his extended family of growing up in that neighborhood with Italian grandparents Interesting bookVery interesting to hear the stories from the view of the family Nice to see the family pics and also the shared recipes

Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family
  • Paperback
  • 232 pages
  • Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family
  • Deirdre Marie Capone
  • English
  • 22 March 2015
  • 9780982845103