Eliot Ness: the rise and fall of an American hero

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Al Capone ruled Chicago throughout the Roaring Twenties. The police and politicians were in his pocket; rival bootleggers inevitably turned up dead. No one was beyond the powerful Mob boss's reach - until a young Prohibition agent named Eliot Ness launched an unprecedented crime-busting squad, the Untouchables.

Thanks to Hollywood, this story is well known. But the real story, while every bit as dramatic, isn't nearly so simple. In truth, Ness faced a war on two fronts- against Capone's army - and against his own. Ness was incorruptible, but it turned out that not everyone on his team was, making his ultimate success all the more astonishing.

More important still, the legendary Untouchables were just the beginning. After Capone's downfall, Ness graduated to an even bigger job as Cleveland's director of public safety. This part of Ness's life has been mostly forgotten by history, yet it was here that he truly earned his place among the most celebrated lawmen of the twentieth century. At the height of the Great Depression, the country's sixth-largest city hovered on the brink of chaos, wracked by labor strife and public corruption, trapped under the thumb of a violent criminal organization, and, on top of everything else, terrorized by a mysterious and brutal serial killer dubbed 'The Torso Murderer.'

Set against the backdrop of a maturing country buffeted by endless turmoil, from the Prohibition era to World War 11 and beyond, this definitive biography captures Eliot Ness as he really was - charismatic and preternaturally talented, but also depressive, a relentless womanizer, and even scandal prone. Utilizing newly uncovered government documents and extensive original research. Eliot Ness is the first book to chronicle the full, fascinating life of a true American hero.

Advance praise for Eliot Ness

'With a shrewd mix of drama, insight, and objectivity, Perry artfully chronicles the life of the leader of the 'Untouchables' squad and illuminates his subject's complicated worldview, passions, and faults.' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

'Don't believe what you've seen in the movies. The true story of Eliot Ness is better than the Hollywood version, and Douglas Perry tells it brilliantly, with hard-nosed reportng and graceful prose. This book is so good even Al Capone would have enjoyed it, though perhaps grudgingly.' Jonathan Eig, Author of Get Capone- The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

'Douglas Perry is telling three stories here, those of Eliot Ness, of criminal expires, and of America, each done with equal grace and skill. His superb research is matched by his understanding of Ness as a microcosm of these larger tales, and he re-creates a man and a slice of American history with marvelous results. A truly remarkable book.' Michael Koryta, New York Times , Bestselling author of The Prophet

'There's so much more to the complex life and career of Eliot Ness than the Untouchables and Al Capone. Douglas Perry proves that well-researched truth always trumps one-dimensional mythology, especially when presented by a gifted storyteller. Eliot News is that rarity - an authentic page-turner.' Jeff Guinn, Bestselling author of Manson- The Life and Times of Charles Manson

'Finally, you can forget the over-dramatized accounts and Holywood-hyped film portrayals of the past, and read Douglas Perry's masterfully researched and honest tale of the crime-fighting life and personal struggles of the famed Eliot Ness. This is storytelling at its finest.' Carlton Stowers, Two-time Edgar Award Winner

'Thanks in great part to Hollywood, television, and even comic books, Ness's remarkable crime-fighting career has been reduced to

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Full title eliot ness the rise and fall of an american hero
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