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Encyclopedia of Organized Crime in the United States: From Capone's Chicago to the New Urban Underworld

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Typically, other reference works on organized crime in the United States focus primarily on the Mafia and La Cosa Nostra, and neglect the many new ethnic and racial criminal organizations that permeate American society today. This reference fills those gaps while providing systematic detailed coverage of traditional crime families, individuals, significant events, and terms. More than 250 entries provide in-depth information on major underworld figures, from Al Capone to John Gotti and Sammy the Bull Gravano, and key criminal events and milestones. In addition, Kelly, an expert on organized crime, provides in-depth coverage of African American organized crime, Chinese Triads and Tongs, the Colombian drug cartels' infiltration of the U.S., Dominican drug trafficking, ecocrime, Russian organized crime, Latin gangs and criminal groups, and Vietnamese American organized crime.

Significant events (such as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre) and historical milestones (such as the Apaplachian Meeting) are interwoven with contemporary trends and facts about the new underworlds emerging in American cities. Entries include data on the backgrounds of important and infamous criminals, their nicknames, organizational structure, their criminal careers, and colorful details about their lives. Also included are definitions of key phrases and terms, such as making your bones, and organization charts of traditional and new organized crime groups. Entries are placed in a social/historical context that clarifies their significance and enables the reader to appreciate the circumstances that shaped the criminal incidents and public response to them. This is the most comprehensive collection of current information on organized crime in the United States ever assembled in one volume and will be a valuable research tool for students and interested readers.

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Kelly (social sciences, Brooklyn College and criminal justice and sociology, City U. of New York) presents over 250 entries with information on major underworld figures and key criminal events and milestones. He includes coverage of new ethnic and racial groups operating now, such as African-American, Chinese Triads and Tongs, Columbian and Dominican drug trafficking, Russians, and Latin and Vietnamese-American gangs. He provides suggested readings for each entry.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Typically, other reference works on organized crime in the United States focus primarily on the Mafia and La Cosa Nostra, and neglect the many new ethnic and racial criminal organizations that permeate American society today. This reference fills those gaps while providing systematic detailed coverage of traditional crime families, individuals, significant events, and terms. More than 250 entries provide in-depth information on major underworld figures, from Al Capone to John Gotti and Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, and key criminal events and milestones. In addition, Kelly, an expert on organized crime, provides in-depth coverage of African American organized crime, Chinese Triads and Tongs, the Colombian drug cartels' infiltration of the U.S., Dominican drug trafficking, ecocrime, Russian organized crime, Latin gangs and criminal groups, and Vietnamese American organized crime.

Synopsis:

A unique and up to date reference on organized crime ranging from the Mafia to the many new ethnic underworlds emerging today in the United States.

About the Author

ROBERT J. KELLY is Broeklundian Professor of Social Sciences at Brooklyn College and Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the Graduate School, City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Acronyms

Introduction

Entries

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313306532
Author:
Kelly, Robert J.
Publisher:
Greenwood
Author:
Kelly, Robert J.
Author:
Kelly, Robert
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Organized crime -- United States.
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Series Volume:
105-298
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.51x6.43x1.30 in. 1.72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Typically, other reference works on organized crime in the United States focus primarily on the Mafia and La Cosa Nostra, and neglect the many new ethnic and racial criminal organizations that permeate American society today. This reference fills those gaps while providing systematic detailed coverage of traditional crime families, individuals, significant events, and terms. More than 250 entries provide in-depth information on major underworld figures, from Al Capone to John Gotti and Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, and key criminal events and milestones. In addition, Kelly, an expert on organized crime, provides in-depth coverage of African American organized crime, Chinese Triads and Tongs, the Colombian drug cartels' infiltration of the U.S., Dominican drug trafficking, ecocrime, Russian organized crime, Latin gangs and criminal groups, and Vietnamese American organized crime.
"Synopsis" by , A unique and up to date reference on organized crime ranging from the Mafia to the many new ethnic underworlds emerging today in the United States.
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