The Gangs Of New York: An Informal History Of The Underworld

  • Publish Date: 2008-07-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Herbert Asbury
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The basis of Martin Scorcese's acclaimed 2003 film, The Gangs of New Yorkis a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a city's dark past.

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,Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low life ofnineteenth-century New York has become an indispensible classic of urban history.

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