The gangs of new york an informal history of the underworld is an american non fiction book by herbert asbury first published in 1927 by garden city publishing company. The gangs of new york an informal history of the underworld herbert asbury russell shorto on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the basis of martin scorceses acclaimed 2003 film the gangs of new york is a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a citys dark past focusing on the saloon halls. The gangs of new york in the book the gangs of new york the setting takes place back 16 years before the civil war started in about 1863 as the title states the setting is in new york where the mob and corruption took a major part in everyday life. Like its sister book gangs of chicago gangs of new york is an anecdotal history of the new york underworld in the 19th century from its nascence in the 1820s and 30s up until the the end of tammany hall and the corruption that sustained gang life as a new york institution. The book details the rise and fall of 19th century gangs in new york city prior to the domination of the italian american mafia during prohibition in the 1920s focusing on the saloon halls gambling dens and winding alleys of the bowery and the five points district of lower manhattan the book evokes the destitution and violence of a turbulent era when colorfully named criminals like
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