The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago’s Jewish Gangsters by Joe Kraus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Living on Chicago’s west side most of my life, I knew from my childhood that Lawndale was once a Jewish neighborhood, but I didn’t know about the men that ran things in its heyday. Joe Kraus gave me keys to some of the underground world that was around me while showing me that the anti-semetic feelings did work against these men who should have been discussed with all the other notorious Chicagoans.
This book may seem repeative, but because the events and stories are so interconnected the material bears repeating. I enjoyed it and have put it in my collection of inspirations for writing historical fictional gansters.