Badkittyuno’s #CBR5 Review #74: The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury

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The last book I read was all about the Mexican gangs in L.A, mostly in the last fifty years. Herbert Asbury’s Gangs of New York was written in the 1920s, and covers about two hundred years preceding its publication. I tried so hard to enjoy this book, but it is so dense and Asbury’s style of writing became very tedious. There are many sections that are filled with stories and myths, which was disconcerting in a nonfiction account of gangs. Some of the facts were really interesting, but mostly just those pertaining to life in the 1800s in New York, not so much those dealing with the gangs.

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