Author: Andreas Schroeder
Copyright date: 2005
"Thieves!" describes some of the world's most notorious thieves, greatest heists. A few of my favorites were Willie Sutton, and Arthur Barry.
Arthur Barry only stole from "people who were listed in the New York's social register" (Schroeder 100). Barry was a very clever thief he dressed like he belonged, acted as if he was doing his daily routine, and was extremely quite. The robbery that ended his career was when he robbed the Livermore's. Barry and his partner waited until three o'clock in the morning to conduct the "hold up". Once Barry got into the room, he calmly explained, '"We just want your jewelry"' (Schroeder 106). He offered the woman an aspirin, gave her a night dress, and even made them drinks! A week late Barry was caught at a train station with a bag full of jewelry and served 19 years in jail.
Before Willie Sutton committed a robbery he did thorough reasearch on his target, "Sutton had been casing this bank, carefully keeping a detailed record of when its employees arrived and what routines each person followed"(Schroeder 128). Sutton was a perfectionists. Before a robbery he would disguise himself with a full face of makeup. When Sutton robbed a Western Union bank he dressed as a typical bank messenger, and made himself look younger. Once he got the guard distracted he took his gun and told him, '"Just do what I tell you and you won't get hurt"'(Schroeder 130). As each employee arrived Sutton sat them in chairs and waited for the manager arrive. Sutton convinced the manger to open the vault by putting his employees lives on the line. When Sutton was finally put in jail he attempted to escape, but got put into a "more secure" prison, which he escaped from in less than a month.
I would rate this book a three in a half because, it had good elements and bad elements. It was interesting to see how some of the world's most famous criminals went about their robberies, but some of the things in the chapters were unessescary. The author would go on about their families, and their hobbies, which would've been useful if I was doing research but, it seemed to be unneeded.