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Uncle Al Capone: The Untold Story from inside His Family
Genre: Biography
Author: Deirdre Marie Capone
Publisher: ReCap Publishing
ISBN: 9780982845103
Rating: Four Stars (out of Five)

Gangster Al Capone once commented that “This American system of ours…gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.” Despite the fact that it’s coming from a known gangster, it says a great deal about the mind of the man. He sees himself as an average, successful American businessman, even if his comment understates the whole picture. It’s this human quality that Deirdre Marie Capone evokes in Uncle Al Capone, a fascinating book that’s one part biography, one part memoir, and one part remembrance of Public Enemy Number One.

As the grand-niece of Al, Capone recounts how she hid her family name for years. When a school research project leads her to come clean to her kids, she begins recalling the rich family history she once knew. It’s a tale that starts after the family emigrates from Angri, Italy to Brooklyn, New York. Capone shows that Al and her grandfather, Ralph, weren’t always members of a crime syndicate. In fact, their childhood is fairly normal, with Al finishing high school, and Ralph working odd jobs to help support the family. Everything changes when their father dies and Prohibition becomes law. Forced to earn a living for his family, Al, and eventually Ralph, head to Chicago and down the path to criminal celebrity.

Throughout the book, Capone tries to reconcile what she knows about her family with recorded history. Early in the book she writes, “I will not pretend to be able to paint a rosy picture of my uncle Al. I cannot make him out to be a perfect man, or even a good man. But what I want people to know is that he was a complex man. He was human and he had a heart.”

Capone succeeds, balancing both the public history of Al, from the Valentine’s Day Massacre to his incarceration at Alcatraz, with personal photos, family recipes, and her own memories. The author recalls how loving certain members of the Capone family were, particularly her great-aunt Maffie who helps the author to see good in the men. It’s not always an easy task as the author recounts losing friends, jobs, and other opportunities, once people learned she was a descendant of the notorious Al Capone.

Overall, Uncle Al Capone is a memoir that is as complex and human as the man that it’s about. It brings a fresh perspective to the other Al Capone biographies, and finally gives the larger-than-life gangster the one thing that may have eluded him in life: to be seen as simply a human being.

Katerie Prior
ForeWord Reviews

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The Real Capone
"A lot of people think Al Capone was a psychopath. A lot of people think Robert De Niro captured the true nature of America's most notorious gangster. A lot of people seem hell bent on clinging to a bunch of mythology that plain and simple makes no sense.
A lot of people are fools.  Deirdre Marie Capone is not one of them. With this lovely, personal, heartfelt story, she takes a stand. She's not nominating Capone for sainthood. She's not asking you to pardon him his crimes. She's simply and honestly telling the story she knows best--the story of her family. Do yourself a favor: read it. You'll be glad you did. And when you're done, you can judge Al Capone for yourself."

Jonathan Eig, author of
Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

 

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What does Templeton Rye Whiskey have to do with Deirdre Marie Capone? Rumor has it that her Great Uncle, Al Capone, called Templeton Rye “The Good Stuff” and it was his libation of choice. Deirdre’s Grandfather, Ralph Capone, Al’s business partner and younger brother, dominated the bootlegging business in Chicago during prohibition supplying the speakeasies with Templeton Rye Whiskey.

As a Capone and long time fan of Templeton Rye Whiskey (it was the first brown spirit she ever consumed), while Deirdre is traveling the country telling her family story, she is also telling the rich prohibition era history of Templeton Rye Whiskey.

Deirdre is seen in the video below signing bottles of Templeton Rye Whiskey with one of the Templeton Rye founders, Keith Kerkhoff, whose family recipe is used to distill this tremendous product. Click the link below or the logo above to visit the Templeton Rye Whiskey website.

Remember, please drink inconspicuously!

 

Deirdre signing bottles at Templeton Rye Whiskey

 

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