KNOW MORE about Capone

The full story of Al Capone is in the book, MR. CAPONE. It captures all the excitement of his extraordinary life, but with well-researched facts instead of myths and legends (the numbers in parentheses after each one in Myths are the pages on which MR. CAPONE explodes that particular myth). As one reviewer put it, even where the book lays to rest favorite tall tales, the true accounts are usually even more fascinating.

If you are interested, click on any of these links to order the book (scroll down on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for 5-star reader reviews):


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480 pp, including
93 pp of detailed source notes
32 pp of pictures

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For an overview of Chicago crime, starting with Big Jim Colosimo, We recommend THE CHICAGO OUTFIT by John Binder. It includes 180 seldom-seen photos.

Friends of Mister Capone

Check out these websites for more information about Al Capone:

The Chicago Syndicate

A sampling of what critics say about MR. CAPONE:

The New York Times: “fascinating if unsettling book…”

Chicago Tribune: “…readers of MR. CAPONE will simply revel in the old stories…and savor any new tidbits.”

Los Angeles Times: “…massive research…rich descriptions of many of the apocalyptic events of the roaring Chicago ’20s.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “[rescues] his reputation from the Hollywood mythmakers…[the book’s] Al Capone is far more human, complex and worthy of attention than the one-dimensional myth.”

The Detroit News: “…a masterful job of research…the definitive biography of one of America’s most colorful gangsters.”

The Washington Times: “Written with style and verve…fascinating.”

Publishers Weekly: “…fast-paced, fact-filled, behind-the scenes account…lively biography resonates with details of Capone’s dealings…”

Chicago magazine: “…the most thorough book on Capone yet published…Attention to detail, along with a sense of the period and a delightful writing style makes MR. CAPONE a treat…”

Kirkus Reviews: “Scholarly yet lively account…likely to endure as a standard reference…”

Source note at end of Irish Whiskey, a novel by Andrew Greeley:

“…the atmosphere of the Prohibition era in Chicago is as athentic as I can make it. Of the many books about that time, the best I have read is MR. CAPONE by Robert J. Schoenberg.”

Notes about article by Jack Kelly in American Heritage magazine, 4/96:

“Jack Kelly, whose story on gangster-era Chicago features the notorious Al Capone, recommends Robert J. Schoenberg’s MR. CAPONE as the finest of all Scarface biographies.”

PHOTOS Top Row: NYPD mug shot, age about 18; the "Big Fellow"; giving "the Look"; the scars; late '20s; in car after release in '39.