"Those boys are tainted, off-color!" This plaintive lament from an early 20th century Detroit pushcart merchant was said to have given the Purple Gang their nickname. Off Color is the complete story of how a group of juvenile delinquents rose from robbing street peddlers to become one of the most notorious bootlegging mobs in history. Due to Detroit's close proximity to Ca"Those boys are tainted, off-color!" This plaintive lament from an early 20th century Detroit pushcart merchant was said to have given the Purple Gang their nickname. Off Color is the complete story of how a group of juvenile delinquents rose from robbing street peddlers to become one of the most notorious bootlegging mobs in history. Due to Detroit's close proximity to Canada, the Purple Gang was in a prime position to strike it rich in the illegal alcohol trade, whether by smuggling whiskey across the Detroit River, hijacking it from those who did, or making their own. Not limiting themselves to the booze business, the Purples were violent jacks-of-all crimes who dabbled in kidnapping, extortion, arson, labor racketeering, narcotics, and murder-for-hire. Noted for being extremely dangerous, the Purples were known to victimize friend and foe alike. Their nefarious influence reached into the Michigan state capitol and members of the gang were suspected of participating in both the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the Lindbergh kidnapping. While the loosely-knit Purple Gang would eventually dissolve under a storm of prison terms and violent infighting, they endure in American history as a colorfully named group of hoodlums who rose to prominence in the wild era when booze was illegal, men wore spats, women were flappers, and gangsters like the Purples enforced their will with the business end of a machine gun....
|Title||:||off color the violent history of detroit s notorious purple gang|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Pages|
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off color the violent history of detroit s notorious purple gang Reviews
While it is very detailed, fact filled and rich with history, the book is somewhat of a dry read. It failed to keep my attention enough for me to read the entire book, but what I did read was very entertaining.Maybe somewhere down the road, I'll revisit and read it all the way through.
I absolutely love this book! I've had it from the day it first appeared on Amazon (and I have a signed copy from the author). Off color draws the reader into the early 1900s and into the roaring twenties, dirty thirties, and to the end of the purple gang. The amount of research the author did is amazing! It shoes in the narrative and makes you feel like you could be present as an onlooker during many events in the book. Daniel Waugh is also the only author I've seen who found so much research about the Siamese twins and peeled away a lot of the mystery surrounding them. The book is great, informative, well researched, and well written. Best crime book along with Christian Cipollini's murder Inc that I own.
I'm about halfway through with reading "Off Color" Daniel Waugh's latest tome on the American Mafia in particular Detroit's Jewish Purple Gang. I'll give a more detailed review once I finish reading this riveting narrative on the Purple Gang. For starters let me express some of my thoughts while reading this book. "Off Color: The Violent History of Detroit's Notorious Purple Gang" chronicles The Purple Gang's inception as young thugs fresh off the boat from Russia stealing merchandise off pushcarts in Detroit's Little Jerusalem. The Purple Gang would eventually make their ascent to being Underworld bigshots. Bribing, murdering, and pretty much eliminating anyone who stood in their way or interfered with their illicit business dealings. Off Color, is a highly readable book that moves along quickly and stays to the topic point. As a researcher one of my favorite things about Off Color is the annotated endnotes which list all the newspaper articles, and documents like birth & death records, and official government documents used in the research and writing of this book. What makes this book more enjoyable is the descriptive way the author would elaborate on what he was trying to explain. Compared to other books on The Purple Gang. Off Color brings a fresh approach to the gang's history. The writing style, combined with the amount of research involved with writing this book. Will make it an enjoyable read for anyone who's interested in books on organized crime. Needless to say I recommend this book for anyone who has a serious interest in the history of organized crime.
As a native Detroiter 'The Purple Gang' has been a story I have long be interested in and Daniel Waugh does a superb job chronicling the gangs rise and fall.