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This list goes along with one of our upcoming presenters, Chad Lewis, and his presentation, "Minnesota's Gangster Past".

Immerse yourself into gangsters of history, including our very own Minnesota baddies. 


John J. Binder
Description: A complete history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition, covering the period from 1920 to 1933. John J. Binder discusses all the important bootlegging gangs in the city and the suburbs and examines the other major rackets, such as prostitution, gambling, labor and business racketeering, and narcotics. A major focus is how the Capone gang--one of twelve major bootlegging mobs in Chicago at the start of Prohibition--gained a virtual monopoly over organized crime in northern Illinois and beyond. Binder also describes the fight by federal and local authorities, as well as citizens' groups, against organized crime. He refutes numerous myths and misconceptions related to the Capone gang, other criminal groups, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and gangland killings. What emerges is a big picture of how Chicago's underworld evolved during this period.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.106 Bin
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Steven Zaillian, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
Description: Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem. He does so by buying heroin directly from a source in South East Asia. He comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. Richie Roberts is a dedicated and honest policeman who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
John Turnipseed, Cecil Murphey, Erwin Raphael McManus
Description: "Torn from an idyllic life with a loving, extended family in 1960's Alabama, young Johnny Turnipseed found himself in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a father he no longer recognized--and empty cupboards. A.C. Turnipseed's alcoholism and womanizing started a chain reaction of poverty, violence, addiction and despair that nearly destroyed three generations. From lost and frightened little boy--to gang leader, drug dealer and pimp--to one of the nation's most respected pioneers of community restoration, John Turnipseed's story of transformation and restoration is told with unflinching honesty--and contagious hope. --From publishier.
Call Number: 364.106 Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2017
Warren Oates, Richard Dreyfuss, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Michelle Phillips
Description: Through all their outrageous escapades, the Dillinger gang maintained a certain mystique in the eyes of the American public. To a citizenry in the depths of the depression, the gang seemed almost like heroes, who enlivened their days with fabulous feats of crime. This glimpse of the lives of those involved in the most interesting crime saga in American history.
Call Number: Action
Format: DVD
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Tom Hollatz
Call Number: 364.1 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
John J. Koblas
Call Number: 977.6 Kob
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2017
Stephen A Kurkjian
Description: In a secret meeting in 1981, a master thief named Louis Royce gave career gangster Ralph Rossetti the tip of a lifetime. As a kid, Royce had visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and made a habit of sneaking in at night to find a good place to sleep. He knew the Museum's security was lax, and he gave this information to a boss of the Boston criminal underworld. It took years before the Museum was hit. But when it finally happened, it quickly became one of the most infamous art heists in history: 13 works of art valued at up to $500 million--including Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee." The identity of the thieves were a mystery, the paintings were never found. What happened in those intervening years? Which Boston crew landed the big score? And why, more than 20 years later, did the FBI issue a press conference stating that they knew who had pulled off the heist and what had happened to the artwork, but provided no identities and scant details? These mysteries are the story of Kurkjian's revealing book, where he will reveal the identities of those who plotted the heist, the motive for the crime, and the details that the FBI refused to reveal. He will take the reader deep into the Boston mob, and paint a complete and compelling picture of this story.--Excerpted from statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.162 Kur
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
John J. Koblas
Description: Brief biographies of the citizen posse who pursued and killed or captured all but two members the James Gang after they tried to rob the Northfield, Minnesota bank.
Call Number: 364.1552 Kob
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2017
Frank Lucas, Aliya S King
Call Number: 364.177 Luc
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Bryan Burrough
Call Number: 364.973 Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Gordon Douglas, Frank Sinatra, David R. Schwartz, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis
Description: A lighthearted gangster spoof spirited along by guns, gags, tunes, and bootleg gin.
Call Number: Comedy
Format: DVD
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Timothy R. Mahoney
Call Number: 364.1092 Mah
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2017
Niall Griffiths
Call Number: FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
Description: "It is 1906, and in New York City, the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a spree: kidnapping, extortion, arson. Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special "Black Hand Squad," but the gangsters appear to be everywhere--so much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitators, criminals using the name for the terror effect. And then the murders begin, each one of a man more powerful than the last, and as Bell discovers, to his dismay, the ultimate target may be the most powerful man of all" -- provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Cus
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Robert B. Smith
Call Number: 977.655 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2017
Chad Lewis
Call Number: 364.9776 Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2017
Joe Urschel
Description: It's 1933 and Prohibition has given rise to the American gangster--now infamous names like Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger. Bank robberies at gunpoint are commonplace and kidnapping for ransom is the scourge of a lawless nation. With local cops unauthorized to cross state lines in pursuit and no national police force, safety for kidnappers is just a short trip on back roads they know well from their bootlegging days. Gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly and his wife, Kathryn, are some of the most celebrated criminals of the Great Depression. With gin-running operations facing extinction and bank vaults with dwindling stores of cash, Kelly sets his sights on the easy-money racket of kidnapping. His target: rich oilman, Charles Urschel. Enter J. Edgar Hoover, a desperate Justice Department bureaucrat who badly needs a successful prosecution to impress the new administration and save his job. Hoover's agents are given the sole authority to chase kidnappers across state lines and when Kelly bungles the snatch job, Hoover senses his big opportunity. What follows is a 20,000 mile chase over the back roads of Depression-era America, crossing 16 state lines, and generating headlines across America along the way--a historical mystery/thriller for the ages. Joe Urschel writes a true crime story of gangsters and lawmen and how an obscure federal bureaucrat used this now legendary kidnapping case to launch the FBI--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Urs
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
Karen Blumenthal
Description: Examines the origins of America's debate over gun control sparked by a practical gun intended for military use that became a weapon of choice for outlaws before Congress attempted to remove it from the streets.
Call Number: YA 623.4424 Blu
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2017
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Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History Of Organized Crime In Chicago During Prohibition
John J. Binder
364.106 Bin
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave And The Birth Of The FBI, 1933-34
Bryan Burrough
364.973 Bur
American Gangster [DVD]
Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Steven Zaillian, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
Drama
Robin And The 7 Hoods [DVD]
Gordon Douglas, Frank Sinatra, David R. Schwartz, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis
Comedy
Bloodline
John Turnipseed, Cecil Murphey, Erwin Raphael McManus
364.106 Tur
Secret Partners: Big Tom Brown And The Barker Gang
Timothy R. Mahoney
364.1092 Mah
Dillinger [DVD]
Warren Oates, Richard Dreyfuss, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Michelle Phillips
Action
Stump
Niall Griffiths
FIC Gri
Gangster Holidays: The Lore And Legends Of The Bad Guys
Tom Hollatz
364.1 Hol
The Gangster [Large Print]
Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
LP FIC Cus
Jesse James Ate Here: An Outlaw Tour And History Of Minnesota At The Time Of The Northfield Raid
John J. Koblas
977.6 Kob
The Last Hurrah Of The James-Younger Gang
Robert B. Smith
977.655 Smi
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off The World's Greatest Art Heist
Stephen A Kurkjian
364.162 Kur
The Minnesota Road Guide To Gangster Hot Spots
Chad Lewis
364.9776 Lew
Minnesota Grit: The Men Who Defeated The James-Younger Gang
John J. Koblas
364.1552 Kob
The Year Of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly And The Manhunt That Changed The Nation
Joe Urschel
364.1523 Urs
Minnesota Mayhem: A History Of Calamitous Events, Horrific Accidents, Dastardly Crime & Dreadful Behavior In The Land Of Ten Thousand Lakes
Ben Welter
977.6 Wel
Tommy: The Gun That Changed America
Karen Blumenthal
YA 623.4424 Blu
Original Gangster: The Real Life Story Of One Of America's Most Notorious Drug Lords
Frank Lucas, Aliya S King
364.177 Luc
Walking Twin Cities: 35 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Lakeside Parks, Gangster Hideouts, Dive Bars, And Cultural Centers Of Minneapolis And St. Paul
Holly Day, Sherman Wick
917.7657 Day 2013