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Publisher Comments:

It has been called the most dangerous gang in American history. In Los Angeles alone it is responsible for over 100 homicides per year. Although it has fewer than 300 members, it controls a 40,000-strong street army that is eager to advance its agenda. It waves the flag of the Black Hand and its business is murder. Although known on the streets for over fifty years, the Mexican Mafia has flown under the radar of public awareness and has flourished beneath a deep cover of secrecy. Members are forbidden even to acknowledge its existence.

Review:

"'Rafael's debut book — a study of the Southern California — based Mexican mafia told mainly from the perspective of veteran Los Angeles deputy district attorney Anthony Manzella — is a revealing but flawed work. Despite occasional national headlines about drive-by shootings that claim innocent lives (including the granddaughter of an LAPD chief), most Americans are probably unfamiliar with the powerful, loosely organized street gangs that make up the Mexican mafia. Rafael does a workmanlike job of tracing the rise of these gangs, despite the occasional factual error (e.g., the RICO statute was used to indict criminal groups besides La Cosa Nostra before the Mexican mafia), but fails to dramatize his overly detailed account of Manzella's trials. Manzella is an interesting enough figure — a dedicated workaholic throwback who doesn't use a computer, or even an electric typewriter. But Rafael gives short shrift to the sociology of the rise of the Mexican mafia. Instead, he offers a final quote from Manzella ('We know exactly the kind of families that produce criminals. I'd like to go in there and take them out. But we can't do that') will leave many with a sour taste that undercuts Rafael's attempts to make the deputy DA a hero. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Formed in the late 1950s by Chicano street gang members in Los Angeles area prisons, the "Mexican Mafia" or "La eMe" rapidly evolved into a powerful organized crime group. Pinning its narrative on a 2001 murder conspiracy case involving the Mexican Mafia, this investigative report examines the organization and activities of the organization, its intersections with smaller street gangs, the impact of local law enforcement and the state justice system, public perceptions of street gangs, and the politics of crime fighting in Los Angeles. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Mexican Mafia is a pioneering work that unveils the operations of this California prison gang and describes how it grew from a small clique into a transnational criminal organization. The Mexican Mafia controls every Hispanic neighborhood in Southern California and is rapidly expanding its influence across the country. Riding a wave of unchecked immigration and seemingly eluding law enforcement, the Mexican Mafia is poised to become the Cosa Nostra of 21st century America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594031953
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Author:
Rafael, Tony
Subject:
General
Subject:
Gangs
Subject:
Mexican American criminals
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Gangs -- California -- Los Angeles.
Subject:
Mexican Mafia (Gang)
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070709
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
250
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Mobs and Organized Crime

The Mexican Mafia
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Product details 250 pages Encounter Books - English 9781594031953 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Rafael's debut book — a study of the Southern California — based Mexican mafia told mainly from the perspective of veteran Los Angeles deputy district attorney Anthony Manzella — is a revealing but flawed work. Despite occasional national headlines about drive-by shootings that claim innocent lives (including the granddaughter of an LAPD chief), most Americans are probably unfamiliar with the powerful, loosely organized street gangs that make up the Mexican mafia. Rafael does a workmanlike job of tracing the rise of these gangs, despite the occasional factual error (e.g., the RICO statute was used to indict criminal groups besides La Cosa Nostra before the Mexican mafia), but fails to dramatize his overly detailed account of Manzella's trials. Manzella is an interesting enough figure — a dedicated workaholic throwback who doesn't use a computer, or even an electric typewriter. But Rafael gives short shrift to the sociology of the rise of the Mexican mafia. Instead, he offers a final quote from Manzella ('We know exactly the kind of families that produce criminals. I'd like to go in there and take them out. But we can't do that') will leave many with a sour taste that undercuts Rafael's attempts to make the deputy DA a hero. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The Mexican Mafia is a pioneering work that unveils the operations of this California prison gang and describes how it grew from a small clique into a transnational criminal organization. The Mexican Mafia controls every Hispanic neighborhood in Southern California and is rapidly expanding its influence across the country. Riding a wave of unchecked immigration and seemingly eluding law enforcement, the Mexican Mafia is poised to become the Cosa Nostra of 21st century America.
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