American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power

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Macmillan, Jan 2, 2005 - History - 318 pages
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"Reppetto's book earns its place among the best . . . he brings fresh context to a familiar story worth retelling." The New York Times Book Review

Organized crime—the Italian American kind—has long been a source of popular entertainment and legend. Now Thomas Reppetto provides a balanced history of the Mafia's rise—from the 1880s to the post-WWII era—that is as exciting and readable as it is authoritative.

Structuring his narrative around a series of case histories featuring such infamous characters as Lucky Luciano and Al Capone, Reppetto draws on a lifetime of field experience and access to unseen documents to show us a locally grown Mafia. It wasn't until the 1920s, thanks to Prohibition, that the Mafia assumed what we now consider its defining characteristics, especially its octopuslike tendency to infiltrate industry and government. At mid-century the Kefauver Commission declared the Mafia synonymous with Union Siciliana; in the 1960s the FBI finally admitted the Mafia's existence under the name La Cosa Nostra.

American Mafia is a fascinating look at America's most compelling criminal subculture from an author who is intimately acquainted with both sides of the street.
  

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Review: American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power

User Review  - Christopher Lonero - Goodreads

Honestly, I would probably only give this book a 2.5 star rating. As some have commented already, this book is very hard to get into. I found this book difficult to follow with all the names mentioned ... Read full review

American Mafia

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was very satisfied with book, details appeared to be accurate Read full review

Contents

A Murder and Lynching in New Orleans
1
Italian Gangs of New York
18
Law Enforcement Wars on the Mafia
36
Overlord of the Underworld
54
Big Mike
75
The Mobs Strike a Bonanza
91
Print the Legend
111
The Rise and Rise of Charlie Luciano
132
Assessing the Menace of the Mafia
181
Hollywood and Detroit
198
The Prime Minister
215
Postwar Expansion
234
Senator Kefauver
251
The Decline of the American Mafia
270
Notes
279
Bibliography
291

The Mobs Go National
148
The Dewey Days
162
Acknowledgments
299
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About the author (2005)

Thomas Reppetto is a former Chicago commander of detectives and has been the president of New York City's Citizens Crime Commission for more than twenty years. He is the author of NYPD: A City and Its Police (0-8050-6737-X), a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in New York City.

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