The Valachi Papers

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Harper Collins, Mar 18, 2003 - True Crime - 304 pages
The First Inside Account of the Mafia

In the 1960s a disgruntled soldier in New York's Genovese Crime Family decided to spill his guts. His name was Joseph Valachi. Daring to break the Mob's code of silence for the first time, Valachi detailed the organization of organized crimefrom the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who "clipped" rivals and turncoats. With a phenomenal memory for names, dates, addresses, phone numbers -- and where the bodies were buried -- Joe Valachi provided the chilling facts that led to the arrest and conviction of America's major crime figures.

The rest is history.

Never again would the Mob be protected by secrecy. For the Mafia, Valachi's name would become synonymous with betrayal. But his stunning exposÉ. broke the back of America's Cosa Nostra and stands I today as the classic about America's Mob, a fascinat ing tale of power and terror, big money, crime ... and murder.

 

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From its opening paragraph, where someone is beaten to a "bloody, dying pulp", this is Mafia entertainment at its finest. At least it seemed that way when a friend gave it to me in Junior High School! I'll have to revisit it someday. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
38
Section 4
63
Section 5
91
Section 6
108
Section 7
134
Section 8
153
Section 9
174
Section 10
193
Section 11
216
Section 12
237
Section 13
257
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About the author (2003)

Peter Maas's is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Underboss. His other notable bestsellers include The Valachi Papers, Serpico, Manhunt, and In a Child's Name. He lives in New York City.

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