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PASLEY, Fred D.

Muscling In.

[New York] : 1931 Stock Code: 114051
£375.00
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First edition of this stark exposé of the impact of the Mob at the onset of the Great Depression. " 'There is scarcely a commodity exposed for sale today that does not cost more because of the racket ' Col. Robert Isham Randolph, President, the Chicago Association of Commerce" (epigraph). The author details how the Mob made its moves into legitimate businesses, extorting and running dry cleaning operations in Chicago, trucking and bus lines in Detroit, fishmongers in New York, going on to suggest that the repeal of prohibition would not stop their efforts. Pasley was a Chicago journalist best known for his early life of Al Capone, suggestively subtitled "The Biography of a Self-made Man" (1930), and for having worked as a consultant on Howard Hawks's barely-veiled 1932 bio-pic of the Chicago mobster, Scarface. Distinctly uncommon in the striking jacket.

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Description

Octavo. Original black cloth, lettered in red on spine and front board, red top-stain, grey pattered endpapers. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Some shelf-wear, light toning to text-block, jacket a little rubbed and chipped, lacking triangular section of front panel, just biting on letter, but on the whole very good and remains attractive.

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