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Best NYC Gangster Books

Brian J. Rogers
 
Gangster City: The History of the New York Underworld 1900-1935
Gangster City: The History of the New York Underworld 1900-1935
"A great starting point for NYC gangster history. Reading this book before others gives a great foundation for future books."
The Canary Sang but Couldn't Fly: The Fatal Fall of Abe Reles, the Mobster Who Shattered Murder, Inc.'s Code of Silence
The Canary Sang but Couldn't Fly: The Fatal Fall of Abe Reles, the Mobster Who Shattered Murder, Inc.'s Code of Silence
"A temendous take on the Brownsville gangsters and the fate of Abe Reles."
Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter
Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter
"Anecdotal history but very well written and presented."
Murder, Inc.: The Story Of The Syndicate
Murder, Inc.: The Story Of The Syndicate
"A must read especially given the time it was written."
The Starker: Big Jack Zelig, the Becker-Rosenthal Case, and the Advent of the Jewish Gangster
The Starker: Big Jack Zelig, the Becker-Rosenthal Case, and the Advent of the Jewish Gangster
"One of the best books about LES history. It's even better if you read Satan's Circus first."
The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder and The Birth of the American Mafia
The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder and The Birth of the American Mafia
"The beginnings of organized Sicilian crime in NYC"
Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century
Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century
Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
"Not necessarily a gangster book, but a well researched and written take on life in NYC over 100 years ago. It's the real story of vice and the problems and environment that many immigrants faced."
Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires
Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires
The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
"A great book about NYC's underworld primarily during the second half of the 1800s. It's especially interesting given that it was written in the 1920s."