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Kraus, Joe

The Kosher Capones

A History of Chicago's Jewish Gangsters

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS

    86,95 € / $99.95 / £79.00*

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    October 2019
    ISBN
    978-1-5017-4733-5
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    The Kosher Capones tells the fascinating story of Chicago's Jewish gangsters from Prohibition into the 1980s. Author Joe Kraus traces these gangsters through the lives, criminal careers, and conflicts of Benjamin "Zuckie the Bookie" Zuckerman, last of the independent West Side Jewish bosses, and Lenny Patrick, eventual head of the Syndicate's "Jewish wing."

    These two men linked the early Jewish gangsters of the neighborhoods of Maxwell Street and Lawndale to the notorious Chicago Outfit that emerged from Al Capone's criminal confederation. Focusing on the murder of Zuckerman by Patrick, Kraus introduces us to the different models of organized crime they represented, a raft of largely forgotten Jewish gangsters, and the changing nature of Chicago's political corruption. Hard-to-believe anecdotes of corrupt politicians, seasoned killers, and in-over-their-heads criminal operators spotlight the magnitude and importance of Jewish gangsters to the story of Windy City mob rule.

    With an eye for the dramatic, The Kosher Capones takes us deep inside a hidden society and offers glimpses of the men who ran the Jewish criminal community in Chicago for more than sixty years.

    Details

    240 pages
    15 b&w halftones
    CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Keyword(s):
    organized crime, American Jewish history, Jewish studies, Chicago history, criminal justice
    Readership:
    General/trade;

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    KrausJoe:

    Joe Kraus is Chair of the Department of English and Theatre at the University of Scranton. He is co-author of An Accidental Anarchist, and his scholarly and creative work has appeared widely. He lives in Shavertown, PA, with his wife and three sons.

    Reviews

    Elizabeth Dale, University of Florida, author of The Chicago Trunk Murder:

    "An engaging story about the history of Jewish gangsters in Chicago."

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