The Outfit

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 2, 2008 - History - 560 pages
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This is the never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit, the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. Moving with purpose and panache, The Outfit blended effortlessly with upperworld corporate leaders, Hollywood moguls, and national political icons. It was only after a fifty-year run that their world started to crumble in the 1970s. With extensive research including recently released FBI files, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with Outfit associates and members of the Fourth Estate, and first-time access to the journals of Outfit chieftain Murray Humphreys' long-in-hiding widow, Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the disconcerting shadow history of the United States.
 

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A detailed history of the birth of organized crime in the 'Second City'. Filled with fascinating (if repellent) characters, Russo captures the pragmatic mentality of the upper echelons of crime. The ... Read full review

The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America

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In this impressive work, investigative journalist Russo (Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK) combines hundreds of his own interviews and newly revealed government ... Read full review

Contents

Young Turks in Charge
51
Curlys Racket The Union Takeovers
69
Playing Politics
85
Joes Racket Running the Games The New Booze
109
The Local Takeovers
121
Hollywood Here We Come The New Booze II
135
Waking Up in the Dream Factory
157
The Outfit Back from the Brink
179
The Games Afoot The G Gets Involved
327
Courted by Old Joe Kennedy The Outfit Arrives
355
The Pinnacle of Power
383
The Kennedy Double Cross The Beginning of the End
405
The Outfit in Decline
437
Endgames
455
Epilogue
479
The Outfit and Organized Crime in Perspective
491

Wire Wars
195
Playing Politics II The Truman Connection
213
The Parole Scandal
229
Senator Cow Fever Hits Chicago
249
Cohibas and Carpet Joints
279
The Frenzied Fifties
301
The Outfit and Gambling
505
Sources
513
Acknowledgments
523
Index
527
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Gus Russo is the author of Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK. He is an investigative reporter who has worked for various major television networks, including PBS' Frontline series.

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