Non-Fiction: The Elusive Purple Gang by Gregory A. Fournier

Dynamic, well-written, and well-researched, Gregory gives the reader a view of one of the most intriguing periods of our time.”

— Fran Briggs

One century ago, on January 19, 1920, the United States embarked on what was termed, a “Noble experiment.” The aim was to prohibit the manufacture, transport, sale, and importation of alcoholic beverages within the country’s borders.

With a long history of support by anti-saloon leagues and Protestant reformers, national Prohibition was intended to eliminate public drunkenness, improve the domestic life of women and children, and increase the productivity of the American workforce.

Despite what appeared to be well-meaning, objectives, Prohibition unleashed a backlash of opposition resulting in unforeseen consequences leading to the establishment of a nationwide crime network called the Syndicate.

The Elusive Purple Gang: Detroit’s Kosher Nostra is an iaccount of the infamous, Purple Gang: one of America’s most notorious and violent Prohibition gangs.

Author Fournier says that “The Purple Gang was the only Jewish gang in the United States to dominate the rackets of a major American city. From their meteoric rise to the top of Detroit’s underworld; to their ultimate demise, this book is an episodic account of the Purple Gang’s corrosive pursuit of wealth and their inevitable plunge towards self-destruction.”

“The Purple Gang brilliantly depicts the rise and fall of one of America’s most notorious organizations,” stated Fran Briggs, Publicist to Gregory A. Fournier. “Dynamic, well-written, and well-researched, Gregory gives the reader a view of one of the most intriguing periods of our time. It’s certain to continue to raise eyebrows.” ◊

 

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