Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness

The Rise and Fall of An American Hero

Large Print - 2014
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Eliot Ness is famous for leading the Untouchables against the notorious mobster Al Capone. But his true legacy reaches far beyond that. Ness inspired courage and loyalty in men twice his age, forged law-enforcement innovations that are still with us today, and earned acclaim and scandal in his professional and personal lives. And through it all, he maintained an unwavering belief in the integrity of the law and the basic goodness of his fellow Americans.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Edition: Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781410468703
1410468704
Characteristics: 655 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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Sure enough - "Special" Government Agent, Eliot Ness (the guy who helped to bring down gangster, Al Capone) may have been one of the chosen elite (known as an "Untouchable"), but that certainly didn't mean that he was above brandishing a shotgun, or else kicking down a gangster's hideout door, once in a while.

If you are at all interested in reading a detailed account of the crime situation as it stood in the 1930's (in both Chicago and Cleveland), then this first-rate, "Eliot Ness" bio (written by Douglas Perry) certainly puts you right into the middle of all the gun-toting action during those delinquent years of yesterday.

I definitely give writer Douglas Perry a lot of well-deserved credit here for writing such a finely-detailed biography of Eliot Ness that vividly retells a memorable chapter of American crime-history.

Even though, to some, Eliot Ness may not quite live up to being a real American hero (in the strictest sense) - Yet - All the same, he was a man who knew how to enforce the law and, with that, I certainly recommend this book as a worthwhile read.

*Be sure to watch the video (which is an excerpt from an Eliot Ness biography).*

ChristchurchLib Apr 14, 2014

"Federal law enforcement agent Eliot Ness is best known for having defeated Chicago gangster Al Capone. Ness's fame led to a film and a television series called The Untouchables, which, though fictionalised, cemented his position in Jazz Age history. In Eliot Ness, biographer Douglas Perry corrects both the popular image of a heroic figure and the subsequent revisionist view that Ness's part in the Capone cleanup was minor. Readers who enjoy biography, early 20th-century history, or historical true crime shouldn't miss Perry's thoroughly researched, engaging book." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/43337901-34d1-4c84-b134-32954b837d7d?postId=71b729f6-9022-4878-baad-967f3a6f4063

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