The list author says: "I've read a lot of books about the mafia and most of them are written pretty poorly, don't have original facts and are either cheesy, boring or repetitive. These books are very good. I was going to put a bunch of bad books on here so you knew which to avoid, but I decided against it. I only included books about the Italian American Mafia."
"This is the best book about the mafia ever. It's a history of the five NY mafia families. It has more original facts than any other mafia book I have ever read. It is also an interesting and fun read. I love this book."
"This is one of the best mafia books ever, a great read about the former garbage monopoly the mafia had over New York City. The police go undercover and infiltrate one of the mafia's biggest moneymaking operations ever. There is less sopranos-type-drama and more examples of true mafia BUSINESS: how they made their money. Superb book."
"This is the best story-type mafia book. It's about the DeMeo crew from the Gambino family out of Brooklyn. These guys killed more than any serial killers so this book constitutes as a horror too. This is an incredible storym a great read with interesting characters."
"This is the book the movie goodfellas is based on. If you love the movie, read this book. First off, there are many parts in this book that aren't in the movie. Second, there are interesting discrepancies - things that don't match with the movie. Classic."
"Great biography-style book in the vein of 'Wiseguy' (which it preceded) written by the first famous mob snitch. It takes place in the beginning of the NY mafia and Valachi is involved in every classic mob business and associates with some of the most famous mafia figures ever. I love the first few pages where he describes his rough childhood."
"It's a mob story similar to Goodfellas. A low-level associate is around the mafia for most of his life and tells his story. It is excellent for anyone looking for a fun, exciting and hilarious mafia book that introduces new characters and stories."
"Great book about "The Mafia Cops" the two policemen who allegedly worked for the Luchese crime family. It's told through the voice of the star witness of the case. It's a great read and the witness's story is complelling."