The Untouchables (1957 Book)

The Untouchables is an autobiographical memoir about Eliot Ness ghostwritten by Oscar Fraley, published in 1957. The book deals with the experiences of Eliot Ness, a federal agent in the Bureau of Prohibition, as he fights crime in Chicago in the late 1920s and early 1930s with the help of a special team of agents handpicked for their incorruptibility, nicknamed the Untouchables.

The main part of the book is written in first-person anecdotal style, as if directly from Ness's reminiscences; a foreword and afterword by Fraley provide historical context. In fact, Fraley, who was a prominent sportswriter for United Press when he worked on the book, did most of the writing, although Ness approved the final version of the text shortly before his death.

The Untouchables
  • Eliot Ness
  • Martin J. Lahart
  • Samuel M. Seager
  • Bernard V. Cloonan
  • Lyle Chapman
  • Thomas Friel
  • Joseph Leeson
  • Paul W. Robsky
  • Michael King
  • William Gardner
  • Others: Jim Seeley
  • Albert H. Wolff
  • Unofficial (ie, non-agent): Frank Basile
  • Prohibition
  • Volstead Act
  • Chicago Outfit
  • Al Capone
  • Also: Frank Nitti
Law enforcement
  • Bureau of Prohibition
  • Treasury's Bureau of Internal Revenue
  • Frank J. Wilson
  • Elmer Lincoln Irey
  • The Untouchables (1957 book)
  • Authors: Eliot Ness
  • Oscar Fraley
  • The Untouchables (1959 TV series) (episode list)
  • The Untouchables (film) (1987)
  • The Untouchables (video game) (1989)
  • The Untouchables (1993 TV series) (episode list)