The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia, 2nd Edition: A Fascinating Exploration of the Real People Who Inspired The Sopranos

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Penguin, Jan 4, 2005 - True Crime - 464 pages

Here is the most comprehensive introduction to and explanation of the most infamous crime organization in history. Completely updated with more than 70 pages of new material and photographs, it includes information about the shifts in power and tightening of ranks of different families after convictions of their key members; new inside information on the role of the families in Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Rochester, and even Montreal; and updates on the DeCavalcante family who bragged they were the real Sopranos on FBI wiretaps.

- More than 70 pages of new material
- Full of dramatic anecdotes and photos about everything from Capone to Gotti and beyond
- Written by acclaimed expert author and reporter of all things Mafia in his weekly online column "Gang Land" (


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Title Page
Making the Mafia Grade
The Mafias Commission
Five Families Carve Up the Big Apple
Mafia Families Poison the Northeast
From the Windy City to the City of Angels
Mafia Up North Mafia Down South
Mafia at Work
Feds Pressure Union Reforms
Wiseguys Start Spilling Their Guts
Battle Hymn of the Mafia
Mafia Rivals Fight for Supremacy
Big Troubles for the Gambino Family Chapter 24 Mob Wars Cripple the Colombos
The Joe Bananas Split
The Canadian Mob Hits
The New Millennium

Gambling Makes Mobsters Smile
The Mafia Puts the Squeeze on Unions
Dealing Drugs
La Cosa Nostra Builds Las Vegas
No End to Mob Rackets
America Opens Its Eyes
Mobsters Come Out ofthe Closet
Falling in Love with the Mafia
Lights Camera Action for a Mafia Star
La Cosa Nostra Starts Its Fall
Big Brother Gets Serious
The Feds FullCourt Press Against the Mafia
The End of an Era Chapter 28 The Last
The New Turncoats
Generation XGangsterism
Louie Bagels Allie and John Riggi
Scandals Abound in Beantown
The Murder Mystery Solved?
Appendix A A Chronology of Major Events
Appendix B A Word About Mafia Nicknames
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About the author (2005)

Jerry Capeci is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the Mafia and organized crime. He covered the crime beat for both the New York Daily News and the New York Post (and was the only newspaperman to sneak his way into Carlo Gambino's funeral in 1976) for more than 20 years. He is the co-author of Murder Machine, the terrifying saga of Roy DeMeo's bloodthirsty Mafia crew, and Gotti: Rise & Fall. A native of the mean streets of Bath Beach, Brooklyn, he now lives in Manhattan.

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