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American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power

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Publisher Comments:

"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 crime—the Italian American kind—has long been a source of popular entertainment and legend. Now Thomas Reppetto provides a balanced history of the Mafia's rise—from the 1880s to the post-WWII era—that 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 the Author

Thomas 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805077988
Author:
Reppetto, Thomas
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Author:
Repetto, Thomas
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
General History
Subject:
TRU003000
Subject:
Mafia -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Organized crime -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pp insert
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
1400x1200

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