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An edition of American Mafia (2004)

American Mafia

A History of Its Rise to Power

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This edition was published in by Holt Paperbacks in New York.

Written in English

352 pages

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.

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December 9, 2004, Holt Paperbacks
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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 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.

American Mafia

A History of Its Rise to Power

This edition was published in by Holt Paperbacks in New York.


First Sentence

"One drizzly night in October of 1890, New Orleans police chief David Hennessy was walking home late with his friend William O'Connor."

Table of 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

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xiii, 318 p.
Number of pages
352
Dimensions
8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
Weight
12 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7933105M
ISBN 10
0805077987
ISBN 13
9780805077988
Library Thing
427797
Goodreads
591459

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