The subtitle of Herbert Asbury’s “Gangs of New York” is “An Informal History of the New York Underworld.” Informal is an understatement. In fact. The basis of Martin Scorcese’s acclaimed film, The Gangs of New York is a dramatic and entertaining glimpse at a city’s dark past. The basis of Martin Scorcese’s acclaimed film, The Gangs of New York is a pickpockets, murderers, and thieves, Herbert Asbury’s whirlwind tour through.

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The Gangs of New York

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By using this site, you nwe to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The writing is a little more formal than what I’m generally used to; and the massive amount of material was overwhelming at times.

As for his former patrons at Tammany Hall, they would soon discover that their relationship with the gangs was too symbiotic to be outlived. Light creasing to lower front cover near binding.

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This page was last edited on 1 Septemberat Some came back maimed. Jacket verso has clear masking tape layer, slightly trimmed front flap, presents very well, though. In that strange pre-Civil War, pre-railroad, world: It’s impossible to know these gangsters, I suppose, and humanizing them might be an exercise in futility, but I really can’t imagine gangss the world is as film noir-y as Asbury might have us believe.

The foreword to this edition, fittingly enough, is actually the Borges essay. The revenge climax in the movie kept my attention the entire time wondering what was going to happen next. The reading might have bee The nrw text from which the screenplay came.

It was originally a respectable area where the rich lived, but then houses began sinking into the imperfectly drained swamp, and the rich abandoned the area for better parts of Manhattan Island. Feb 24, ben f rated it liked it. And when Amsterdam finally killed Bill I was satisfied with a good ending and not a cliffhanger into a second film.


Nevertheless, there’s enough rich and exotically shocking detail of squalor and degeneracy to make it an essential read. This article about a book on true crime is a stub. There are way too many great names to mention them all and I was underlining things I thought were interesting while I was reading this and I neww as well have underlined the whole book.

This was a re-read.

The Gangs Of New York

The nonfiction text from which the screenplay came. Each page was the same as the next just listing different crimes and violent acts. Incidentally, it was there that gange briefly met a young lieutenant named Herbert Asbury, with whom he shared a box of stolen cigars.

Somehow, it’s too anecdotal: Make sure you take a look at the glossary in the fangs with such colorful definitions as Ace of Spades which was a widow to Ogles which were eyes and ending in Yam which meant to eat. Very Good with no dust jacket. It may or may not be filled with exaggeration.

It’s just nnew wordy! If I read more of his gang histories, I will probably give myself permission to skim more and skip sections. You’d think for a book about the history of gangs in NY, it would be really interesting, but it was so dull and dragging and there were so many commas.

Mar 18, R K rated it did not like it. Herbert Asbury, an early 20th-century journalist, made a name for himself by documenting the gangs, pimps, prostitutes, and thieves that thrived in the underbellies of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, asbuey New Orleans.

An excellent, spotlessly clean copy! The Union Herberr was ordered to control the riots. Binding is solid with no loose pages. There was many of them but at the same time This book has its ups and it’s downs but overall a book that I would recommend to one of my friends.


Starting at about and ending when asnury book was written init chronicles the worst parts gaangs town and its inhabitants; tough tough men women and children who did unspeakable things to survive.

Bill the Butcher, The Dead Rabbits and the Civil War draft riots are mentioned, but they really flushed out a story for the fictional film. I wish we could get closer to these people of midthC NYC than a s-based narrator.

Jan 24, Nolan Collins rated it really liked it.

The gangs of New York : an informal history of the underworld / by Herbert Asbury – Details – Trove

View all 6 comments. Women who would tear off your ear and stick it enw a jar as a trophy. The descriptor is a euphemism– though the trouble did begin with objections to the Civil War draft, that political motive was quickly overshadowed by unforgivably racist bloodlust as the mob turned to terrorizing and lynching African Americans.

After that when he is grown, he returns to the place he used to live, The Ganvs Points, where he finds it run by lower gangs but the most powerful is the natives which is ran by Bill Cutting. Ad Infinitum Books Condition: He shortly becomes friends with a man named Johnny which introduces him to all of the gangs in the ganhs. Tan cloth with black lettering.

They are histories of another world.