The Heroic Gangster: The Story of Monk Eastman, from the Streets of New York to the Battlefields of Europe and Back

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Monk Eastman was born in 1873 to a respectable New York family. By the age of eighteen he was running the streets of Lower Manhattan, first starting as a bouncer, and later as a gang leader who led an army of two thousand. He had both politicians and cops in his pocket and seemed untouchable.

That all changed when he was sentenced to ten years at Sing Sing prison after several battles with Pinkerton detectives. He ended up losing all his territory and by the time he got out, realized that the streets were no longer safe enough for him to be around. With that, he immediately joined the New York National Guard, going from a street kingpin to a lowly private.

Taking what he learned from the streets, Monk quickly proved himself, as his division was put on the front lines during the trench warfare of World War I. He came back to New York a hero and was given a governor’s pardon. He was back on top; but the real question was, would he be able to leave his past behind? This incredible story, told by Neil Hanson, relives for the reader the history of Monk Eastman, New York, and a pivotal point in our country’s history.

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Neil Hanson is the author of several acclaimed works of narrative history, including First Blitz, The Custom of the Sea, and The Unknown Soldier. He lives in Yorkshire Dales in England with his family.

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Monk Eastman was born around 1873, apparently in Manhattan. Unlike most of his fellow thugs, he was raised in a middle-class family; but by the time he was six, he had begun his criminal career with a series of petty crimes, quickly ascending to more serious and violent crime, and by 20 heading a feared street gang. He operated with impunity, protected by cops on the take and Tammany Hall. Hanson describes Eastman’s rise in tough, unromantic terms while effectively placing him in the context of the hardscrabble Lower East Side. Monk was physically unattractive and his penchant for violence was so extreme that his political cover deserted him. After a prison stretch in Sing Sing and more petty crime, he enlisted in the army in 1917, when he was 43, and served honorably in combat in France. But, as Hanson illustrates, this was no case of personal redemption; upon discharge, Monk returned to his old habits and haunts, and his life ended violently and ignominiously. A well-done account. --Jay Freeman

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