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Organized crime and American power : a history

Author: Michael Woodiwiss
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©2001.
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"Organized crime, understood in a literal sense as systematic illegal activity for money or power, is as old as the first systems of law and government and as international as trade. Piracy, banditry, kidnapping, extortion, forgery, fraud, and trading in stolen or illegal goods and services are all ancient occupations that have often involved the active participation of landowners, merchants, and government  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Woodiwiss, Michael.
Organized crime and American power.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2001
(DLC) 2002277408
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Woodiwiss
ISBN: 9781442678125 1442678127 1281995762 9781281995766
OCLC Number: 244767477
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 468 pages)
Contents: Old world antecedents and the rise of American power --
Whitewash: racism, xenophobia, and the origins of 'organized crime' in the United States --
Organized crime and corporate power, 1865-1950 --
America's moral crusade and the organization of illegal markets, 1789-1950 --
Organized crime and the dumbing of American discourse, 1920 to the present --
Industrial and corporate racketeering, 1950 to the present --
Drugs: private enterprise and government bounty --
American power and the dumbing of global discourse.
Responsibility: Michael Woodiwiss.
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Woodiwiss argues that organized criminal activity has never been a serious threat to established economic and political power structures in the USA but more often a fluid, variable, and open-ended  Read more...

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