American Mafia

A History of Its Rise to Power by Thomas Reppetto

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"Reppetto's book earns its place among the best . . . he brings fresh context to a familiar story worth retelling." The New York Times Book Review Organized crimethe Italian American kindhas long been a source of popular entertainment and... read more

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Details of American Mafia

Exact title of the book
American Mafia
Book author
Thomas Reppetto
ISBN
9780805077988
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co.
Published
Dec 09, 2004
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
352
File size (in PDF)
3168 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Reppetto's book earns its place among the best . . . he brings fresh context to a familiar story worth retelling." The New York Times Book Review Organized crimethe Italian American kindhas long been a source of popular entertainment and legend.

Now Thomas Reppetto provides a balanced history of the Mafia's risefrom the 1880s to the post-WWII erathat is as exciting and readable as it is authoritative. Structuring his narrative around a series of case histories featuring such infamous characters as Lucky Luciano and Al Capone, Reppetto draws on a lifetime of field experience and access to unseen documents to show us a locally grown Mafia. It wasn't until the 1920s, thanks to Prohibition, that the Mafia assumed what we now consider its defining characteristics, especially its octopuslike tendency to infiltrate industry and government.

At mid-century the Kefauver Commission declared the Mafia synonymous with Union Siciliana; in the 1960s the FBI finally admitted the Mafia's existence under the name La Cosa Nostra. American Mafia is a fascinating look at America's most compelling criminal subculture from an author who is intimately acquainted with both sides of the street.

About author

Reppetto is a former Chicago commander of detectives and has been the president of New York City's Citizens Crime Commission for more than twenty years. He is the author of NYPD A City and Its Police (0-8050-6737-X), a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in New York City.

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