Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson and others.
The Gangs of New York is a tour through a now unrecognisable city of abysmal poverty and habitual violence cobbled from legend, memory, police records, the self-aggrandizements of aging crooks, popular journalism, and solid historical research. Asbury presents the definitive work on this subject, an illumination of the gangs of old New York that ultimately gave rise to the modem Mafia and its depiction in films like The Godfather.
“"Asbury was a realist and mid-Western moralist whose book is, as Gopnik notes, 'a kind of surrealist collage of the city's secret history".”
Robert McCrum, Observer
“'Like one of the thugs he writes about, he really is an "extraordinary virtuoso in the art of mayhem".”