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Numerous gangs scrambled to grab a piece of the profit to be made selling illegal liquor which resulted in gruesome gang warfare among the many European ethnic groups that were involved. All the while, author Paul Kavieff manages to provide insight into how so many immigrants gravitated to crime and why the public tolerated it for as long as they did.

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Kavieff is the author of best seller, The Purple Gang. He has devoted more than ten years to the research of crime in Detroit. He is an historian and engineer and resides in a suburb of Detroit.

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Kavieff is not at all stingy with facts, but he still writes efficiently and keeps the story moving quickly - possibly a tad too quickly for a reader new to the subject. The book weighs in at just about pages of easy-on-the-eyes type. The Violent Years is a must-read for organized crime historians and those interested in the Motor City's past. June 7, - Published on Amazon. Great accounts of organized crime in Detroit and what these men did to make money in those days of lawlessness. I grew up in Detroit.

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November 16, - Published on Amazon. I grew up in Detroit, and the purple gang was centered in my neighborhood when I was a kid.

So, this is just portraying everyone as criminals. Not that way at all; and to tell you the truth I think this is simplistic. If you lived in Detroit during prohibition, you would understand it as much the same as living in Silicon Valley today.

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Yeah, dudes, I live in Silicon Valley now. The guys in this book were basically businessmen, fulfilling a need in the market for alcohol. Just like the guys in Mexico today who are brokering guns going south and drugs going north. You wanna deal with it? Make it legal and tax it February 26, - Published on Amazon.