billy-bathgate-novel-e-l-doctorow-paperback-cover-artI developed a fascination with 1930’s gangsters after reading E. L. Doctorow’s Billy Bathgate. While changing a little of the history, Doctorow succeeded in showing the ragged and violent edge of the gangster Dutch Schultz. A while back I wrote a piece for Criminal Element, about Schultz, and how prohibition-era gangsters exemplify the American dream. They beat the economic system and acquired immense wealth and power. If your interested, please take a look at the article, Dutch Schultz and The American Dream.

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