John J. Binder

John J. Binder

John J. Binder is a faculty member and former university administrator who lives in the Chicago area and researches the history of organized crime. His first book, The Chicago Outfit, is a voyage through the Windy City's colorful gangster past from 1900 to 2003. It contains numerous, previously unseen photos and information about the evolution of the Capone gang and the Chicago Outfit that arose from it after Prohibition. In 2012 he released The Girl Who Applied Everywhere, a quirky and hilarious, but also thought provoking, satire of college admissions and college choice. His third book, Philadelphia Organized Crime in the 1920s and 1930s (co-authored by Annie Anderson), contains more images from his extensive collection of crime photos which deal with Mob activities in the City of Brotherly Love. His latest book, Al Capone's Beer Wars, is the only complete history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition. Based on 25 years of serious research, it covers all the major gangs and the fighting between them from 1920 to 1934 as well as the battle by the better elements against organized crime. It was published by Prometheus Books in June 2017.
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