THE DRY AND LAWLESS YEARS by John H. Lyle
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THE DRY AND LAWLESS YEARS

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Despite the countless documents already written on organized crime stemming from the Capone Gang Chicago epoch, Judge Lyle has given a report that is fresh and full of meaning in our own time. ""The racketeering conditions that came into being during the bootleg era were"", he says, ""the prologue to the situation we are facing today."" Lyle was the first jurist ever to be indorsed for re-election by the non-partisan Chicago Crime Commission. They called him ""a judge of vigor and independence who has given voice to...the aspirations of the law-abiding."" A Chicago Tribune editorial proclaimed that ""It was Judge Lyle...who broke the insolence of the gangster..."" John Lyle, in tracing his own long career as a racket-buster, depicts the history of organized outlawry from the predecessors of Al Capone through the unsavory administration of Chicago Mayor William Hale Thompson down to the recent appointment by Mayor Daley of Orlando W. Wilson as Police Commissioner. His appraisal for the future -- ""...the best chance for success in a new public enemy drive...lies in the creation of local crime commissions covering every community."" Beneath this exciting review of a notorious chapter in national history runs the undertone of a stinging indictment of public apathy. The vivid treatment can make the book widely popular; hopefully, it may carry the moral in its wake.

Publisher: Prentice-Hall