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Title:
Al Capone and the roaring twenties
Publication Information:
Woodbridge, CT : Blackbirch Press, 1999.
ISBN:
9781567112184
Physical Description:
p. cm.
Target Audience:
1100 L
Series:
Notorious Americans and their times
Language:
English
Abstract:
The life of one of America's most infamous and powerful gansters set in 1920s Chicago during the Prohibition.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 5-8 8.5 2 Quiz 2187 English non-fiction.
Lexile Measure:
1100
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The life of one of America's most infamous and powerful gansters set in 1920s Chicago during the Prohibition.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-In contrast to other titles in this series, Al Capone tends to focus more on the times than on the man, cursorily covering such topics as jazz, the Florida land boom, Marcus Garvey, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This approach offers a broad overview and nice perspective from an unbiased point of view, but also makes it more difficult to follow the life of the gangster himself. Within one particular chapter, the narrative shifts from gang operations in Cicero, to the Model T, and then to vacuum cleaners, before returning to Capone. Still, important information is here, supplemented by black-and-white photographs and some particularly interesting Web-site references. For report writing, students will find more in-depth information on the era elsewhere, but the introduction to organized crime makes this a worthy addition to most collections.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Exploring the lives of these infamous figures within the context of their times gives the texts a choppy quality: the biographical information is continually interrupted by historical discourse, including often unnecessary information boxes. Capone and the others are superficially examined, with little psychological depth, in these volumes illustrated with black-and-white photographs and historical reproductions. Time lines are included. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-9. Focusing on the bad guy instead of a revered leader is certainly a way to grab attention in a history book. These titles in the Notorious Americans and Their Times series combine biography with social history, though the mix is not always smooth. Other than in the story of Prohibition and the rise of media hype, it is not easy to connect Capone to the great events of his time, so he just gets pulled in now and then after discussion of the Jazz Age, the Ku Klux Klan, Lindbergh, Earhart, etc. McCarthy and cold war politics are more tightly connected, though the account tells more than shows the immediate drama of the court hearings and the toll on people's personal lives. The formats are like magazine articles, with spacious design and lots of black-and-white documentary photographs and featured inserts. A final chronology is divided between the life of the man and the life of the nation; there are chapter source notes for direct quotes, a list of Web sites, and a bibliography. Two more series titles are listed in this issue's Series Roundup. --Hazel Rochman