Production[ edit ] The country was up for grabs, and New York was a powder keg. This was the America not the West with its wide open spaces, but of claustrophobia, where everyone was crushed together. On one hand, you had the first great wave of immigration, the Irish, who were Catholic, spoke Gaelic, and owed allegiance to the Vatican. On the other hand, there were the Nativists, who felt that they were the ones who had fought and bled, and died for the nation.
And when I saw this book a few weeks ago, I picked up based on those memories alone.
I guess maybe I forgot something. Curiously, Asbury contents himself by saying the time of gangs is over: Large parts of this history read like something out of a failed state: Some of these riots last for days, some of these shootouts read like stories of people shooting wildly into crowded streets.
And this is New York City, not some lonely town out in the desert!
One especially memorable event, and something of a microcosm of the problems the book charts, is the Police Riots ofwhen NY police were so corrupt another force was created by the state to actually attempt to carry out law enforcement.
After days of countering the other, releasing whomever the other force arrested and breaking up any attempt to police the city, both forces clashed in the streets and inside City Hall. As brawling continued, the sudden lack of any kind of police allowed criminals to operate unchecked.
It got so bad that the state militia was called in. The stories are only half the appeal here: Famed criminals like Eastman, Bill the Butcher and Paul Kelly leap off the page, their outsized personalities matched only by the scope of their crimes.
In one chapter, Asbury writes about the rise of the criminal underground in Chinatown, but not without some casual racism, unfortunately.
If you like it, be sure to check out Joseph Mitchell and AJ Lieblingwho each covered similar ground in the New Yorker a couple decades later. Recommended, especially if you remember the movie or are into Boardwalk Empire.Dec 20, · Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" rips up the postcards of American history and reassembles them into a violent, blood-soaked story of our bare-knuckled past.
The New York it portrays in the years between the s and the Civil War is, as a character observes, "the forge of hell," in which /5. The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury, written in , is a great read for those who love to read stories about crime and criminals that took place in New York City, dating back to the early 's/5.
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Paperback; Buy from. Hive Waterstones Amazon; The Gangs of New York is a tour through a now unrecognisable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence centred around the infamous slum of Five Points, with its rival Irish and American gangs. Cobbled from legend, memory, police records, the self.
"The book The Gangs of New York says there was one tenement where there was a murder a day.
At the period of time he was writing about, there was barely a murder a month in all of New York City. The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury, written in , is a great read for those who love to read stories about crime and criminals that took place in New York City, dating back to the early 's.
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