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American Mafia : a history of its rise to power

Author: Thomas A Reppetto
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2004.
Series: John Macrae/Owl book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Thomas Reppetto's vivid narrative describes how crime families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds were shaped by conditions in big cities in the late nineteenth century. Spurred by Prohibition, which exploded opportunities for organized crime, men like Chicago's John Torrio and New York's Lucky Luciano built their organizations along corporate lines, parceling out territories and adopting rules for the arbitration
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Reppetto, Thomas A.
American Mafia.
New York : H. Holt, 2004
(DLC) 2003056736
(OCoLC)52858498
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas A Reppetto
ISBN: 9781250125590 1250125596
OCLC Number: 951464759
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 318 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : "The most secret and terrible organization in the world" --
"We must teach these people a lesson" : a murder and lynching in New Orleans --
A place in the sun : Italian gangs of New York --
Italian squads and American carabinieri : law enforcement wars on the Mafia --
Diamond Jim : overlord of the underworld --
In the footsteps of Petrosino : Big Mike --
Prohibition : the mobs strike a bonanza --
The "Get Capone" drive : print the legend --
Lucky : the rise and rise of Charlie Luciano --
The commission : the mobs go national --
Racket-busting : the Dewey days --
The feds : assessing the menace of the Mafia --
Overreaching : Hollywood and Detroit --
The Prime Minister --
New worlds to conquer : postwar expansion --
TV's greatest hits : Senator Kefauver presents the Mafia --
Epilogue : the decline of the American Mafia.
Series Title: John Macrae/Owl book.
Responsibility: Thomas Reppetto.
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Abstract:

Thomas Reppetto's vivid narrative describes how crime families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds were shaped by conditions in big cities in the late nineteenth century. Spurred by Prohibition, which exploded opportunities for organized crime, men like Chicago's John Torrio and New York's Lucky Luciano built their organizations along corporate lines, parceling out territories and adopting rules for the arbitration of disputes. Good management and a tight organizational structure enabled Italian gangs to continue operations even when leaders were jailed or rubbed out. 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. - Back cover.

A history of the mafia's rise from the 1880s to the post-World War II era features the stories of Lucky Luciano and Al Capone, noting the role that Prohibition had in the establishment of the mafia's defining characteristics.

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The subject is sensational, but the work is never sensationalistic ... Any serious mob-watcher ... will want to have this book. Anyone who reads it with interest will join me in hoping that Reppetto Read more...

 
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