Book Reviews of The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
The Gangs of New York An Informal History of the Underworld
Author: Herbert Asbury
ISBN-13: 9781560252757
ISBN-10: 1560252758
Publication Date: 10/10/2001
Pages: 420
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Very good book, it keeps you interested from the start to the end.
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I had never realized the history of gangs in NY went so far back in time. So much good material here.
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history, not the fiction book verasion of the movie
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Huge amount of fascinating material. Walking around Manhattan will never be the same again after reading this history.
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This non-fiction text explores the "underbelly" of 19th century New York: the ethnic tensions and wars, the race riots, the corruption, Boss Tweed and Tammaney Hall. This text was the basis for Scorsese's film "The Gangs of New York" starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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i was really, really ready for this book to be over by the time i got to the last few pages. endless pages of names of people that i couldn't follow, but it was a very good history lesson on where i'm living. it was incredible to read about all the history of the little corners of nyc that i frequent on a regular basis and to read about what's happened there.
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Not a bad read especially if this city fascinates you like it does me. From a general history standpoint I found the chapters on the Civil War draft riots especially informative and enlightening. Overall for me it could have been done just as well in 100 fewer pages.
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I read this fresh from seeing the movie. The book is so much more. I was astounded that such a place could exist in wonderful America! I had thought such slums could only exist in England--in the Old World. This is a very shocking history, not a novel. Today we have welfare programs, jobs programs, etc., etc. This book shows what we'd have without social programs.
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Fierce fighting, mob violence and utter poverty; pirate gangs, draft riots and dance house brawls: it's all here, complete with contemporary illustrations. A great read and an eye-opener to the debauchery of early New York. This book is an excellent companion to the movie of the same name and the series "Five Points". An exciting read about a terrible time.