Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 13, 2014 - True Crime - 784 pages
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Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo and Lucchese. For decades these Five Families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals and generational changes that produced violent and unreliable leaders and recruits. A twenty year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century.
Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. The book also brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.

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Review: Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires

User Review  - Dave Scrip - Goodreads

Definitive History. A comprehensive history of the five mafia families in New York City. Well written by Raab. A lengthy page turner written in narrative form. Read full review

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User Review  - Carol-Anne - Goodreads

A well researched book about the five Mafia families, their exploits and their legal battles. There is a fair amount violence throughout the book and many executions - it gets tiring. Overall, it is a very informative book in 750 pages. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

SELWYN RAAB has been a reporter for the Metro Section of the New York Times since 1974. He is also the author of Justice in the Back Room and Mob Lawyer. He lives in New York.

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