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- Kobler John Capone the Life and World of Al Capone New York Da Capo Press 1992 - Bergreen Laurence Capone the Man and the Era New York Simon and Schuster 1994 Al Capone was possibly the largest and most feared mafia boss America has ever seen This 1920s gangster made his mark on the world through organized crime during the Prohibition era He is solely attributed with Chicagos reputation as a lawless city Alphonsus Capone was born on January 17 1899 in Brooklyn New York As a child he was a member of the Brooklyn Rippers and the Forty Thieves Juniors kid gangs Capone quit school at age fourteen in the sixth grade He worked a few odd jobs in Manhattan in a bowling alley and a candy store Then Capone took a position as a bouncer in Frankie Yales Brooklyn dive and the Harvard Inn While working at the Inn he was attacked by a man and received the facial scars that would give him the byname Scarface Capone met Anne Mae Coughlin at a dance in 1918 Later that year on December 4 1918 she gave birth to their son Albert Sonny Francis Less than a month later they were married Capone became a member of the Five Points gang in Manhattan During this time he hospitalized a rival gang member in a fight Feeling the heat from the conflicting group he moved his family to Chicago He began to work for John Torrio an old partner and mentor of Yale Capone was soon helping to manage Torrios bootlegging business He quickly gained the respect of Torrio and became his number two man After being shot by an opposing gang member Torrio left Chicago Capone became boss of the outfit Torrios men respected Capone and trusted his business decisions They referred to Capone as the big man In the next five years he expanded his industry of crime Capone controlled
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