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Since learning of this game (and recently supporting it on Kickstarter!) I have become interested in learning more about this time period. I have not yet read any of these books, but I am compiling a list of books written on the subject. If anyone has read these or others, I would enjoy and appreciate your input!

Tiger: Rise and Fall of Tammany Hall by: Oliver E. Allen

Boss Tweed by: Kenneth Ackerman

The History of Tammany Hall by: Gustavus Myers

Satan's Circus by: Mike Dash

The Gangs of New York: An informal history of the Underworld by: Herbert Asbury

Of course there is also the movie: Gangs of New York. While this may be a fictionalized account, it nonetheless may get you and your game group in the mood for the game.
I will add to this list as I find out more.

Edit: add more books
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There was also a pretty great Discovery documentary associated with Gangs of New York, called "Uncovering the Real Gangs of New York". It was even included with the original DVD release's special features. Fascinating time period.
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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall is a pretty interesting read.

It's a series of interviews/talks from a Tammany Hall insider and former state senator that is pretty straightforward about the level of corruptness.

I've not read the Gangs of New York book, but I've heard historians aren't nuts about it.
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stooge wrote:
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall is a pretty interesting read.



"A series of Plain Talks by a Practical Politician," I think that is the subtitle of that book. It is fascinating and educational. There was a tremendous amount of work put into maintaining support; the votes weren't simply paid for at the ballot box.

The Ackerman I've read; I don't know how it compares but it was very well written and seeming to be even handed. I'll recommend it.
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stooge wrote:

I've not read the Gangs of New York book, but I've heard historians aren't nuts about it.


From what I've come across so far, there are many others that share this sentiment. Apparently it was written in the 1920's and is full of "sensationalist" stories and language. The factual basis and references seem dubious. So, it might be like the movie... fun entertainment, but not for serious historical research. Edit: It does say "An informal history" in the title... maybe he made lots of embellishments.
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I've gotten into arguments about the movie with people, I still like it.

1) I know it's historically not very accurate.

2) I don't care.

3) Daniel Day Lewis!
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stooge wrote:
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall is a pretty interesting read.

It's a series of interviews/talks from a Tammany Hall insider and former state senator that is pretty straightforward about the level of corruptness.

I've not read the Gangs of New York book, but I've heard historians aren't nuts about it.


Plunkitt was my second source after "Five Points" for getting a feel of the period.
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