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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang

Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang


Author(s):

Paul R. Kavieff

ISBN:

9780738552385

# of Pages:

128

Publisher:

Arcadia Publishing

On Sale Date:

06/30/2008

Binding:

Softcover

# of Images:

200 Black and White

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Book Description:


Detroitís Infamous Purple Gang is a photographic history of one of the most notorious organized crime groups of the 20th century. The photographs chronologically follow the evolution of the Purples from their days as a juvenile street gang through their rise to power and eventual self-destruction. Using rare police department mug shots and group photographs, the book transports readers through the dark side of Prohibition-era Detroit history. Detroit had a gold rush atmosphere and a thriving black market during the 1920s that attracted gangsters and unsavory characters from all over the country.

Author Bio: Paul R. Kavieff received his undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Rochester. He holds a masterís degree in modern U.S. history from Wayne State University. Kavieff is a foremost authority on the Prohibition-era Detroit underworld. He is also a nationally recognized organized crime historian and the author of The Life and Times of Lepke Buchalter: Americaís Most Ruthless Labor Racketeer. The photographs in this book represent the personal collection of the author obtained through archives and relatives of Purple Gangsters.

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