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The Outfit: The Role of the Chicago Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America (Illinois)

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The never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit.

It is a common misperception that all the true-life organized crime stories have been written. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.

The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony 'Joe Batters' Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray 'The Camel' or 'Curly' Humphreys (one of the greatest political fixers and union organizers this country has ever known), Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca, and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. The Outfit bosses were the epitome of style and grace, moving effortlessly among national political figures and Hollywood studio heads-until their world started to crumble in the 1970s.

With extensive research including recently released FBI files, the Chicago Crime files of entertainer Steve Allen, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with the members of the Fourth Estate who pursued the Outfit for forty years, and exclusive access to the journals of Humphrey's widow, veteran journalist Gus Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the shadow history of the United States.

Gus Russo is the author of Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK. He is an investigative reporter who has worked for various major television networks, including PBS's Frontline series.

It is a common misconception that all the true organized crime stories have been written. In fact, perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, surprisingly well hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C. Along the way, the gang pioneered many diversions now taken for granted: off-track betting, casino gambling, Top Forty record listings, and music videos. They also helped make blockbuster movies and elect presidents.

The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony 'Joe Batters' Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray 'The Camel' or 'Curly' Humphreys (the greatest political fixer and union organizer this country has ever known), Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca (the ambassador the New York Crime Commission), and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. Moving with purpose and panache, the Outfit blended effortlessly with upperworld corporate heads, Hollywood moguls, and national political icons. It was only after a fifty-year run that their world started to crumble in the 1970s.

With extensive research including recently released FBI files, the Chicago crime files of entertainer and Windy City native Steve Allen, first-time access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee (eighty-seven cubic feet of documents), original interviews with Outfit associates and members of the Fourth Estate (who purchased the Outfit for forty years), and first-ever access to the journals of Humphreys' long-in-hiding widow, veteran investigate journalist Gus Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the disconcerting shadow history of the United States.

"An impressive in-depth history . . . illuminating . . . this is the book to beat in examining this mid-century criminal empire"Publishers Weekly

"Insightful and revealing . . . Russo is so engagingly in command of his material . . . it all holds together in a seamless web."The Baltimore Sun

"Russo's amazing book gets to the heart of the Chicago Outfit. This is an authoritative and engrossing work."Nick Pileggi, bestselling author of Casino and Wiseguys

"Absolutely captivating! For a 'Wiseguy' like me it was like going back to the neighborhood for an education."Henry Hill, the inspiration for the film Goodfellas and the bestselling book Wiseguys

Synopsis:

The never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit.

It is a common misperception that all the true-life organized crime stories have been written. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.

The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony 'Joe Batters' Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray 'The Camel' or 'Curly' Humphreys (one of the greatest political fixers and union organizers this country has ever known), Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca, and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. The Outfit bosses were the epitome of style and grace, moving effortlessly among national political figures and Hollywood studio heads-until their world started to crumble in the 1970s.

With extensive research including recently released FBI files, the Chicago Crime files of entertainer Steve Allen, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with the members of the Fourth Estate who pursued the Outfit for forty years, and exclusive access to the journals of Humphrey's widow, veteran journalist Gus Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the shadow history of the United States.

About the Author

Gus Russo is the author of Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK. He is an investigative reporter who has worked for various major television networks, including PBS' Frontline series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582341767
Subtitle:
The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America
Author:
Russo, Gus
Author:
Rosso, Gus
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mafia
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Outfit
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Illinois
Series Volume:
1680
Publication Date:
20030402
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrated
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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The never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit.

It is a common misperception that all the true-life organized crime stories have been written. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.

The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony 'Joe Batters' Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray 'The Camel' or 'Curly' Humphreys (one of the greatest political fixers and union organizers this country has ever known), Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca, and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. The Outfit bosses were the epitome of style and grace, moving effortlessly among national political figures and Hollywood studio heads-until their world started to crumble in the 1970s.

With extensive research including recently released FBI files, the Chicago Crime files of entertainer Steve Allen, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with the members of the Fourth Estate who pursued the Outfit for forty years, and exclusive access to the journals of Humphrey's widow, veteran journalist Gus Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the shadow history of the United States.

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