Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime

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Harper Collins, Nov 24, 2009 - True Crime - 944 pages
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Some time in the early 1960s, during the golden age of organized crime in America—the era that would inspire The Godfather; Goodfellas, and even The Sopranos—federal investigators pulled every known piece of information on more than 800 Mafia members worldwide into a thick, phone-book-sized directory. From old-school gangsters like Lucky Luciano and Mickey Cohen to young turks like Paul Castellano and Vinny "The Chin" Gigante, the guide offered at-a-glance profiles of small-time thugs and major dons alike... and was allegedly the book Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy used to investigate the mob.

Recently discovered, and published for the first time in this facsimile edition, Mafia is a treasure trove of info on the underworld in mid-century America—a revelatory artifact and an irresistible read.

 

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User Review  - Tommyswife - Borders

Pros: Easy to read, brief not wordy. It is interesting to put faces on an organization that has been glamorized. It is amazing to see how much info the Govt had on so many people and they did this ... Read full review

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Even though Herbert Hoover's FBI usually gets the credit for chasing the Mafia, it was the Treasury Department's Narcotics Bureau that spent the 1960s quietly collecting information on known members ... Read full review

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