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The Gangs Of New York
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  • Published: 3 February 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099436744
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Gangs Of New York


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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.

  • Pub date: 3 February 2003
  • ISBN: 9780099436744
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Herbert Asbury

Herbert Asbury was born into a strictly Methodist family in Missouri in 1889. His pious background and his subsequent rejection of Methodism greatly influenced both his philosophy of life and his career as reporter and author. Indeed, many of his books deal with the darker, seamier side of American life. He died in 1963 of chronic lung problems, the legacy of a gas-attack in France during the first World War.

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Praise for The Gangs Of New York

“"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".”

Financial Times


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