Accardo: the genuine godfather
The definitive work on the most powerful mob boss anytime, anywhere, by the most decorated agent in the history of the FBI, who played "a vital role in the bureau's involvement in organized crime investigations" (William H. Webster, former FBI Director).
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Finally there is a book about the man that was the driving force behind the Chicago Outfit.While Sam Giancana has the fame and if often credited as being the Outfit's boss in the 60's, little is mentioned of the man who put him there.This is a great overall book with plenty of history on the man who the law couldn't lay a hand on.If ever there was a "successful gangster" it was Accardo, and this book explains why.This is also a great book to familiarize yourself with Chicago's major organized players from Al Capone down to Joe "The Clown" Lombardo.
ACCARDO GENUINE GODFATHUser Review - Book Verdict
Retired FBI agent Roemer (The Enforcer, LJ 6/15/94) profiles Chicago mobster Anthony Accardo (1906-92), a.k.a. Joe Batters, a.k.a. The Big Tuna. Starting out in the Capone gang, Accardo quickly rose to the top of the organization, wielding absolute control and inspiring fear in others. Despite damaging evidence against him, Accardo in his 70 years as a gangster never spent a day in jail. Using a wealth of inside information gathered from eavesdropping on mob meeting places, Roemer presents an excellent story of a ruthless mob leader blended in with the history of the period. Often Roemer goes overboard in congratulating agents involved, and he uses Accardo's aliases interchangeably, which can confuse readers. Nevertheless, he has written an interesting book on the history of gangsters and provides another chapter of Chicago's social history. Recommended for true-crime collections.-Michael Sawyer, Clinton P.L., Ia.