UNCLE AL CAPONE
Deirdre Marie Capone
Recape Publishing Co.
Uncle Al Capone
by David Cohen
Al Capone once said “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 lot about what made Capone a criminal, or a great entrepreneur. He saw himself as an average, smart American businessman, even if his comment understates the whole picture. This is the humanquality that Deirdre Marie Capone evokes in Uncle Al Capone. This truthful and fascinating book is the only untold biography of a sweet man, the biggest gangster of all time––Public Enemy Number One.
As the grand-niece of this monster, Deirdre shares her fears, and why she had to hide her family name for years. She also reveals how she came clean to her kids, telling them about her family history. This is a story of an Italian family that immigrated to the USA, and settle first in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a tale of a normal family life, with Al finishing high school and Ralph working odd jobs, something she had to do too and help support the family to make ends meet. After the death of their father and prohibition became law, Al and Ralph were forced to move to Chicago and earn a living as members of the organized crime, down the path to criminal celebrities.
In her book Deirdre reveals how her father and her recorded the family history, and why she had to write this book. 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 she sure wants people to know the truth about her uncle Al who was a sweet but complex man. He was a good man, “a giving man with a heart of gold.”
Deirdre sets the records straight by puting the facts on the table, as she reveals what really happened at the Valentine’s Day Massacre. She shares the true Alcatraz stories, along with personal photos, family recipes, and her own personal sweet and bitter memories. She portraits few members of the Capone family as fragile, loving humans, in particularly her great aunt Maffie who helped her see the good things in life. Deirdre’s life wasn’t easy at all. She lost friends, jobs, and many other opportunities for being a Capone, but Deirdre never lost her integrity, courage or strength. After all, she is a true Capone–it’s in her blood.
Uncle Al Capone is a great tale of a normal and complex man. Written from the heart, the book brings a fresh prospective to the other Al Capone biographies, and finally Deirdre puts the larger-than-life gangster to bed, and close the door as she writes the final chapter in the true life and legacy of Al Capone.