Deirdre Marie Capone
Recap Publishing Co.
10/27/2010 / ISBN: 978-0982845103
by Dennis Collins
is the great niece of the infamous Al Capone and this book is the
Capone story as seen through her eyes.
It traces the family as it grew and moved from
Italy to Brooklyn and finally Chicago where Al Capone built his
bootlegging empire. There are interesting tidbits about how Capone
tried to acquire ownership of the Chicago Cubs and some rather bold
claims that it was not Al Capone's gang but the Chicago Police Department
who carried out the St Valentine's Day Massacre.
talks about Capone's time in Alcatraz where the family was convinced
he was subjected to medical experiments designed to neutralize him.
But much of the book is devoted to how the extended family coped
with the notoriety of their family name and the prejudices that
came along with it. Deirdre talks about being fired from her job
after higher management became aware of her roots.
There is much insight into the Capone household and their traditional
Sunday dinners. The author even includes many Capone recipes at
the end of the book along with a list of Al Capone classic quotes.
I'd say that
the book is more about the Capone family than about Al himself.
It seems more focused on Deirdre and how she handled growing up
in the shadow of one of the most notorious gangsters in history,
a stigma that contributed to her father's suicide.
If you're looking for a book that details the exploits of Al Capone,
this is not the place you'll find it. It's an interesting and entertaining
read about the peripheral players in Al Capone's life, but it's
strictly a family story.