Jonathan Eig, author of “Get Capone: The Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster,” will be our featured speaker on Sunday, May 2nd at 5:30 p.m.
Get Capone, which comes out on Tuesday, April 27, is an engrossing biography packed with booze, bullets, and blood. This is American history at its most riveting, written by New York Times best-selling and critically-acclaimed author Jonathan Eig (Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season). Part biography and part detective story, “Get Capone” shatters many of the myths surrounding the man referred to as “Scarface.” Drawing on newly discovered wiretaps, memos, IRS documents, prison records, and personal letters of Al Capone, the book explores how America’s “Public Enemy No. 1” was caught not by Elliot Ness and his “Untouchables” but by government attorneys and accountants operating on direct orders from President Herbert Hoover. Eig explains how Capone, a son of Italian immigrants, rose from small-time thuggery in Brooklyn to become one of the world’s first international celebrities and America’s most ruthless and successful gangster.
“…Eig’s riveting telling of this iconic American Story is both fresh and utterly dazzling.” – Ken Burns, filmmaker
A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.
Jonathan Eig’s appearance is part of our Spring Author Series.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).