Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family (Large Print 16pt)

Front Cover, Limited, Feb 1, 2011 - 336 pages
10 Reviews
Started by Italian brothers from North Denver, the high-profile Smaldone crime syndicate began in the bootlegging days of the 1920s and flourished well into the late twentieth century. Connected to such notorious crime figures as Al Capone and Carlos Marcello, as well as to presidents and other politicians, charismatic Clyde Smaldone was the crime family, s leader from the Prohibition era to the rise of gambling to the family, s waning days. Uncovering the good and the bad, best-selling author Dick Kreck captures the complexity of Clyde, brother Checkers, and their crew, who perpetuated a shadowy underworld but exhibited great generosity and commitment to their community, offering food, money, and college funds to struggling families. Through candid interviews and fi rsthand accounts, Kreck reveals the true sense of what it meant to be a Smaldone, and the mix of love and dysfunction that is part of every American family.

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Review: Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family

User Review  - Mike McClanahan - Goodreads

A good inside look at the family and its workings. There are so many myths and half-truths about who the Smaldones were and what they did that it's good to have some clarity brought to the story. Of ... Read full review

Review: Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family

User Review  - Christine Nierenz - Goodreads

This was an entertaining and fun quick read. That, and it had photos! Read full review

About the author (2011)

Dick Kreck is a journalist who has worked at The San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times and is now a senior columnist at The Denver Post. Dick Kreck has written three previous books, Colorado's Scenic Railroads, Denver in Flames, and Murder at the Brown Palace.

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